INSURANCE COVERAGE AFTER A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT
It is sad and frustrating that someone could cause a car accident and then flee the scene to try to avoid responsibility. Unfortunately, that is something our Minnesota car accident lawyers have to deal with for injury clients several times each year. It may be because the other driver was driving drunk, or possibly because the other driver had no insurance or has had too many accidents and is worried about losing their insurance. Whatever the reason, it puts the car crash victim in a bad position and actually makes them a victim a second time – first because of being hit, and then second because the at-fault driver fled without paying for the damage.
If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, the first thing to do is to call the police. If possible, stay at the scene until the police get there and cooperate in every way possible. We did have one client who chased after the hit and run driver and called the police on her cell phone while she was driving. It worked in that case and the police caught the driver that had tried to run, but this is obviously dangerous and not something we recommend. The best thing you can do is get the license plate number and give that to the police.
If your car has collision coverage, your insurance company will pay for the vehicle damage. In addition, if you or someone in your car was injured in the crash, your insurance will pay for medical bills and lost wages pursuant to the No-Fault laws, plus potential other compensation – such as pain and suffering – through the Uninsured Motorist coverage that is part of every insurance policy in Minnesota. However, you do have to demonstrate that you tried to get the other driver’s license plate number or other information (for example tried to write down the license plate number and vehicle description), and cooperated with the responding police – otherwise your insurance company may try to deny your uninsured motorist claim.
If you or a family member are injured in a hit and run car crash in MN, please call our office and speak with a lawyer for a free consultation. One of our car accident attorneys will explain your rights to you and go through the insurance coverage issues. If we take your case, we never charge anything unless we get compensation for you.