Though being in an accident is never good, some auto accidents are less serious than others. Best case scenarios result in no injury to the people involved and little to no damage to the vehicles, along with cooperation from the other driver. However, worst case scenarios are hit and run accidents after which you have no idea who hit you and are unable to obtain any information on the vehicle or the driver. In these situations, when you are injured or there is damage to your vehicle, who pays the price? If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane auto accident attorney so that we can help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
Hit and Run Accidents
Washington law requires that if you are in an accident with another person or vehicle, whether parked or moving, you must immediately stop and locate the driver and let him or her know of the incident. You must provide your name and address, and if the owner or cannot be located then you must leave a written note with your information in a place they will find it.
When you do not do this, but instead leave the scene, this is considered a hit and run. In most cases, if you are involved in an accident and the other driver has fled the scene, your insurance company should cover the damages under an uninsured motorist claim. However, in many cases a hit and run driver can usually be found through eyewitness testimony. Upon knowledge of the driver who fled the scene, not only can you recover damages from the injury and any medical costs, but you can also recover punitive damages which are put in place to punish the driver who fled the scene. Because of the complications that may arise from a hit and run accident, it is invaluable to seek legal representation.
Need Legal Advice?
When you are involved in a hit and run accident, you can become overwhelmed and frustrated. If you have sustained injuries, then you want to be compensated for those injuries. Though hit and run accidents may leave you feeling hopeless, we are here to help. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident involving someone who has fled the scene, contact an experienced auto accident attorney to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 so that we can help you today.
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