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What Should I Know About Hit and Run Accidents?

Hit and run accidents are a distressing yet common occurrence on our roads today. The aftermath of such incidents can be overwhelming for victims, especially when the offending driver cannot be located. In such situations, understanding your legal rights and seeking professional advice from experienced attorneys can make a significant difference in ensuring you receive fair compensation. Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, is prepared to assist you with the injury claims process. Contact us today for case-specific advice.

Common Scenarios Leading to Hit and Run Accidents

Several circumstances may prompt a driver to flee the scene of an accident. Some drivers may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and wish to avoid charges for operating while intoxicated. Others might be avoiding arrest due to outstanding warrants, carrying illegal substances, driving a stolen vehicle, or lacking insurance coverage. Despite these reasons, leaving an accident scene is a serious crime with significant legal consequences.

Legal Consequences of Fleeing the Scene of an Accident

In Indiana, drivers involved in an accident are legally obligated to remain at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident can lead to criminal charges ranging in severity depending on the outcome of the accident and injuries sustained. If the fleeing driver is apprehended while intoxicated, they face even more severe charges.

Steps to Take if Involved in a Hit and Run Accident

If you’re involved in a hit-and-run incident, your first priority should be to ensure your safety and that of others involved. Call 911 immediately to report the accident and seek medical attention. If possible, try to remember details about the fleeing vehicle and driver, as this information could aid the police in their investigation. Documenting important details about the incident can aid your lawyer when pursuing compensation for your injuries.

Legal Options for Victims

Victims of hit-and-run accidents often wonder about their recourse if the offending driver cannot be located. In Indiana, victims can turn to their own automobile or health insurance to cover crash-related medical bills and lost wages. Uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, although not mandatory in Indiana, is highly recommended as it can cover your expenses up to the limit of the policy.

How Legal Professionals Can Help

The experienced attorneys at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP can provide invaluable support during such challenging times. We can help locate the driver responsible for the accident, negotiate with insurance companies to ensure fair compensation, and guide you through the legal complexities that may arise.

Taking the Next Steps

Hit and run accidents can be traumatic and confusing, leaving you feeling unsure of what to do in the aftermath. Having a firm understanding of your legal rights and obligations can greatly assist in navigating the injury claims process. It is crucial to remember that professional legal assistance is available to you. If you have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, contact our skilled team at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP. We are committed to ensuring that you receive the support and compensation that you deserve.

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