Hit and Run Car Accidents

Hit and run car accidents are a type of personal injury cause of action whereby one car is at fault for causing a crash in Seattle or anywhere else in Washington state, then the person who caused the accident fleas the scene without staying around to exchange insurance information with the victim or calling an ambulance for them. This is a crime in Washington State but running into a person is generally not a crime. This is in fact a very selfish act that can lead to complicating current injuries caused by the victim not receiving vital treatment they could have received in time.

Hit and run accidents are very common, unfortunately. Minor injuries sustained in hit and runs should be reported to police immediately so that the insurance company can make a claim for you. This is due to the fact that you probably won't be able to trace down the hit and run vehicle, however, now a days this may not be the case with video cameras everywhere. Should you not be able to find your assailant, or your attorney be able to find them, you will have to make a claim against your insurance company. Most people have insurance for this coverage but do not know it.

Uninsured or underinsured motorist (UIM) insurance is insurance that will cover you if someone does not have the requisite coverage amount to cover your injuries and personal injury damages or if they do not have insurance at all. With more and more illegal drivers on the road driving without insurance, this is a vital insurance policy to have for a mere $5 a month or less. These policies can cover up to $100,000 to $500,000 typically in personal injury damages. However, you must report to the police any hit and run in order to qualify for this.

Another type of hit and run type of coverage is a phantom vehicle hit and run. This is where a vehicle that does not come in contact with your car, swerves at you, comes into your lane, or for some other reason nearly hits your car but causes you to react and run into another car or a ditch. In order to claim UIM policy coverage for a phantom vehicle car accident, you need an witness to testify for the near call.

Andrew Cherin has experience helping people that have suffered some of the following injuries:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries 
  • Broken Bones
  • Torn Muscles and Ligaments
  • Sprained Joints
  • Deep Cuts
  • Loss of Vision
  • Loss of Limbs
  • Sprained Necks
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

If you have suffered one of these debilitating injuries, you need a trusted Seattle personal injury lawyer to represent you and make sure you are taking the proper steps to heal your injuries and receive compensation for your injuries.

Common reasons for accidents:

  • Road Conditions
  • Bad Highway or Road Design
  • Inattention to Driving
  • Not Following the Rules of the Road
  • Traveling Too Close
  • Speeding
  • Improper Lane Changes
  • Running a Red Light
  • Erattic Driving

Contact Andrew Cherin, Attorney at Law a Seattle personal injury lawyer today at (206) 850-6716 for a free consultation today.