Being involved in a serious traffic accident- whether you are a pedestrian or in a vehicle- is traumatic, but what happens when the person who caused the accident doesn’t bother to stop?  Who pays for the damages?

There are hit and run laws in every state, though they vary slightly, but all require that a driver stop, whether an accident is as minor as bumping into a parked car or as serious as inflicting injury or causing the death of another driver, passenger, or pedestrian.  Drivers have a legal duty to report an injury accident to the police and, if necessary, call emergency medical services.  If another driver flees an accident that has caused property damage, injury or death, the penalty can range from a ticket to a felony hit-and-run.

Uninsured motorist coverage pays for damages such as medical treatment, rehabilitation, and lost wages caused by a driver who flees the scene of an accident.  Policies vary so be sure that your insurance policy covers uninsured motorists.

If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, contact Scott Mullins, an experienced personal injury lawyer.