If you are involved in an auto accident, there are certain steps you should take to ensure that your rights are protected. Do you know the proper steps and who to call on if you need help? If not, this list may help. Remember, you are the only person at the scene of an auto accident who is concerned with preserving your rights!
Traumatic brain injuries or TBIs are some of the most costly personal injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 2 million brain injuries per year, with about 100,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries so serious they require hospitalization. The total lifetime cost to society of TBIs is around $76 billion. This includes medical costs, lost time at work, and other expenses paid, in some cases, by taxpayers, such as social services. Clearly, TBIs are an expensive problem, but how can a personal injury attorney estimate the cost to an individual in order to negotiate a fair payment of a claim?
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a hit-and-run accident, in which at least one driver flees the scene before police arrive, occurs approximately every 43 seconds in the United States. More than 2,000 fatalities were caused in 2015 by hit-and-run drivers. Hit-and-run accidents do not only affect motorists; many pedestrians and bicyclists are also victims of these crashes.
There is a pervasive myth that you cannot collect any damages if you were hit by a hit-and-run driver.
This is untrue, but the persistence of this belief probably costs drivers millions of dollars every year. The fact is that even if the driver is not caught, you can, in many cases, collect from your own insurance company or that of a third party, who will then take the responsibility of finding and seeking compensation from the hit-and-run driver.
The reason that many people believe that you cannot collect in these accidents probably stems from the idea that the driver who caused the accident would not have left the scene if he or she had insurance, a license, or both. While this is certainly the case in some situations, it is not always true. Furthermore, your uninsured motorist coverage should pay at least a portion of your damages even without compensation from the disappearing driver.