Lexington Hit And Run Accidents | Fleeing The Scene Of A Crash
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Hit-and-run collisions occur far too often in Kentucky. A hit-and-run collision in Lexington occurs when the operator of a vehicle involved in a collision leaves the scene with the intent of avoiding responsibility. Vehicle operators who flee the scene without taking responsibility for the collision can be held liable for damages.

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If you or a loved one is involved in a hit-and-run collision, pick up the phone and reach out to a knowledgeable car accident attorney. An experienced Lexington hit-and-run accident attorney will investigate your crash, gather evidence and medical records, and help you get the compensation you deserve as you recover from your injuries.

Reasons a Collision Could Occur

Motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists can be victims of a hit-and-run collision. Causes for collisions in Lexington include:

  • Distraction (such as cell phone use)
  • Disregarding traffic controls
  • Driver inattention
  • Following too close
  • Illegal drug/alcohol use
  • Improper backing
  • Misjudging clearance
  • Speeding
  • Overcorrecting
  • Improper passing
  • Environmental factors
  • Mechanical errors

Drivers who flee the scene of a collision are generally trying to evade the police for a variety of reasons, including failure to maintain automobile insurance, driving under the influence of illegal drugs/alcohol, having outstanding arrest warrants, or causing the collision during the commencement of a crime.

Steps to Take Following An Accident

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run collision, there are some very important steps you should take.

  1. First and foremost, stop and stay calm. To the extent possible, make sure everyone involved in the collision is not seriously injured. Call 911 to report the collision and request any needed medical attention for you and/or your passengers.
  2. If you saw the driver who struck your car, record all the details you can about the driver and their vehicle. That includes the make, model, and color of their car and the vehicle’s license plate number. Is there anyone nearby who may have seen what happened?
  3. Look around to see if anyone saw the collision. If so, talk to them and ask them to share what they witnessed. Also, ask for their contact information so a police officer can follow up to request a statement.

This information will be helpful to emergency responders, and attorneys, in investigating what happened and potentially locating the hit-and-run driver.

Proving Liability Following a Hit And Run Accident

A critical step in any collision is the exchange of insurance information with all vehicle operators involved. Insurance policy information for the at-fault driver is essential to pursue a bodily injury claim. Unfortunately, in a hit-and-run collision, it is difficult, often impossible, to identify the driver and the vehicle involved.

Taking photographs of the vehicle and its license plate with your camera phone, if possible, can increase the chance of identifying a hit-and-run driver and determining whether the driver was insured. An experienced hit and run accident attorney in the area can assist in potentially locating the driver and their insurance carriers through vehicle registration records. They can also identify and preserve video surveillance from neighboring businesses or residences that may have captured the collision.

Types Of Recoverable Damages In A Hit And Run Case

If you are involved in a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision, you may be eligible to recover compensation for damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages

In some instances, punitive damages may be awarded in a hit-and-run collision. Punitive damages serve as a punishment to the hit-and-run driver and aim to discourage, or deter, the driver, and others in the community from engaging in similar conduct in the future.

Schedule a Consultation With a Lexington Hit And Run Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one is injured in a hit-and-run collision, contact an experienced attorney today for a free consultation. Your attorney will not only investigate the case, they will assist with your personal injury protection benefits (PIP) to help cover your medical expenses and lost wages. Call today to learn more about how a Lexington hit and run accident attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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