A hit and run accident may be defined by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as any event in which, “driver crashes into another vehicle, a pedestrian, or onto private property, then leaves without identifying himself, rendering aid, or both.” Though any victims of this crime (and their loved ones) might well describe the event in more emotional terms— for such can be terribly traumatic, injurious or worse. In the state of Missouri, there may be particular laws and protections established to aid you in such cases; and the attorneys of Krause & Kinsman want you to be reassured, that we not only familiar with these your rights, but we also are ready to provide you legal guidance and representation. It has also been reported by the NHTSA, that 11 out of every 100 car accidents in the U.S. is a hit and run. Our attorneys in Missouri won’t consider you a mere statistic though— be sure to contact us if you are victimized by a hit and run vehicle, without delay; right after first calling the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or cellular *55! The police will make sure to document facts such as location of the accident, weather and roadway conditions, names and input of any witnesses, insurance information, etc; as such details will become crucial to validating your case against a hit and run offender.
In Missouri, when you receive injurious consequences of a hit and run collision, you may be entitled to beneficially receive a “personal injury settlement”. However, a victim of that crime could be disoriented from the experience and unable at the scene and afterwards to accurately account for what happened, thereby potentially decreasing benefits available to compensate for that victim’s losses. Don’t worry if this happens to you or your loved one: your Krause & Kinsman attorney will be in his or her right mind all the way. When you call us, we’ll be there for you throughout your resulting legal proceedings, in order to get you maximum compensation to which you may be entitled. We want you to heal and carry-on with life after experiencing trauma from a hit and run; and we are equipped to make this happen to greatest the extent possible, while reducing your burdens in the process. While it is not a lawful requirement that car accident victims have legal representation, there are innumerable reasons why it IS in your better interest to have a reputable lawyer on your side.
Your insurance company (provided that you have one) will evaluate your injuries and lost wages. Nevertheless, the insurance company might not want to give you every cent you might be qualified to receive back. This distinguishes them from us— your Krause & Kinsman attorneys in Missouri will be prepared to acquire for you every penny deserved, perhaps above and beyond what your insurance company will offer. If you need a car accident attorney in Missouri, contact our office today.
How should you attend to seeking justice and aid after a Hit and Run?
Do not leave the scene until having taken necessary measures to ensure your rights will be met. Even when the other, at-fault driver, may stick around long enough to give you their contact information— make certain that you also take notes regarding all observations of the incident available to you. If possible, write down the other driver’s type of vehicle, license plate number, roadway and other any additional conditions surrounding the incident. When emergency responders do arrive (again, don’t forget to call the police!), this information will assist their responsibilities— including, perhaps, tracking down the offensive driver. Later, carefully chronicled accident information may also serve your attorney in best working-up a case on your behalf. Having at-hand all your pertinent automotive records, and special medical needs as applicable, will further help you. It is strongly advisable to go immediately to the hospital for a thorough evaluation (as all your injuries may not even be immediately apparent). Following this, if you are kept from work as a result of a hit and run collision— it will be important to keep track of days and opportunities or wages missed, as well as the amount of your salary and other assets inclusive to your employment terms. Have and be ready to produce names of your medical providers and expenses, your incident’s police report, and any additional information supporting evidence of your injuries. If you experience other ongoing problems due to the hit and run, record them too. You’ll want proof of any and all factors affecting damage to your well-being, so that the offending driver may be ultimately be held accountable for your harm.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage: what it means to those involved in a Hit and Run.
If you (the victim of a hit and run collision) have maintained what is every driver’s responsibility to have an auto insurance policy, that’s a very good start. If not, you’ll need adhere to the rules for filing an Uninsured Motorist (UM) claim.
Examples of (UM) Coverage rules that typically apply to persons involved in hit and run accidents include:
- Direct physical contact between the victim and the at-fault driver/vehicle must have taken place.
- By an uninsured driver, a police report must be filed within 24 hours of the hit and run accident. (An insured driver is required to file claim with an insurance company within 30 days following an incident.)
We suggest that you seriously consider speaking with one of our personal injury attorneys at Krause & Kinsman, regarding procedures and potential compensations that may affect your particular case. Following a misfortunate hit and run incident, you at least can receive benefits like uninsured motorist coverage, health and other kinds of insurance coverage. It’s never a “quiet ride” to recovery when you face the hardships of bodily and/or psychological injury due to an irresponsible driver, all alone. We urge you to call upon the compassionate and skilled car accident legal team in Kansas City of Krause & Kinsman, to help ease your way forward. We want to provide you help with your case today. Contact our office for a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer in Missouri.
Adam Krause is a personal injury, mass tort, business litigation, and employment discrimination attorney who practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Adam Krause has made a career of taking complicated litigation and presenting it in the most elementary terms for a jury of your peers to understand. Learn more about his experience here.