Is a Hit-and-Run Driver Always at Fault?

While it might be surprising, if a person flees the scene of an accident, it doesn’t mean that they are at fault in the accident. In the majority of the cases, the person who flees is the one that caused the accident, but not always.

To determine fault in any accident, the injured person must prove that the other driver was negligent, and while it’s a crime to leave an accident, that act didn’t cause the accident itself. There may be many reasons a person flees an accident even if they weren’t at fault. They might have a warrant out on them, they may have been drinking or they may have just panicked and fled.

Whichever the case, the victim can’t just say that the driver was at fault just because he fled.

Compensation in Hit-and-Run Crashes

If the driver is never found, then the victim might be on their own for their injuries. However, if they have their own insurance policy which has uninsured and underinsured motorist’s coverage, then he or she might be able to collect on that policy for their injuries.

UM/UIM is purchased for occasions when someone is injured and the other person has no insurance, and if they flee, then there is no insurance to cover the victim’s losses.

Contact an Auto Accident Attorney

The best thing to do when injured in an automobile accident is to talk to a Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney who understands the law and has experience getting injured victims the compensation they deserve.

Call the Law Offices of Steers & Associates at 800 824 5416 or click here to contact us online. We have attorneys with years of experience dealing with every type of motor vehicle accident, and we get results against the insurance companies and their highly-paid lawyers. Call us now to even the playing field and get the compensation you deserve.

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