Whether you’re crossing an intersection in downtown Philly or walking along a rural road, you have your faith that the drivers will see you. But sometimes, that’s not the case. Although Pennsylvania law states you must stop, contact the police, and exchange information, the temptation to flee is too great for some people. If the driver flees the scene, the accident victim will have a hefty bill to pay.
If you are a victim of a hit and run accident anywhere in Pennsylvania, there is help available. The Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton hit and run accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been helping clients throughout Pennsylvania for decades. We understand how complicated these cases can be and work hard to make sure the proper parties are held responsible for the accident and you receive compensation for your injuries.
Hit and Run Accidents: What You Should Know
A recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study had found hit and run accidents are at an all-time high in the United States. There were 737,100 hit and run crashes in the United States in 2015, resulting in 1,819 fatalities. At least one in five pedestrian deaths were the result of a hit and run crash. According to the AAA, a hit and run accident occurs every 43 seconds in the United States.
Pennsylvania is ranked 33rd for the number of hit and run fatalities in the U.S. In 2016, the Keystone State had 50 deaths as a result of a hit and run accident, a giant increase over 2015 numbers.
How Do I Get Compensated For My Injuries?
As part of your car insurance, you have the chance to purchase uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage will provide compensation for any medical costs, lost time at work, and out-of-pocket expenses after an accident with either an uninsured driver or if you were involved in a hit and run.
To make a claim, you will need to prove that you were involved in such an accident and the driver did leave the scene of the crash. And this means proof will be required to prove your case. Insurance companies are notorious for denying claims in hit and run accidents because the evidence of an accident is not strong enough to show it occurred.