Tucson Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers

Our Tucson Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers Know the Numbers

According to the most recent statistics compiled by the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2016 nearly 15,000 drivers fled the scene of an accident in the Grand Canyon State. While most of these incidents were property damage only, 2,888 hit-and-run collisions resulted in injuries, and 52 involved fatalities. To put this in perspective, based on past statistics, approximately 1 in 10 drivers injured as the result of a vehicle collision will be victims of hit-and-run drivers.

You might think there’s not a lot you can do in the event the person responsible for the accident flees the scene. However, there are several steps victims can take to improve their chances of receiving compensation.

Have you been injured by a driver that fled the scene? You may not know what steps to take next or how to prove your case. You may wonder how you can get compensation. Our experienced Tucson hit-and-run accident lawyers can help you. Call us at 520-629-9909.

At the Scene of the Hit-and-Run Accident

Any car collision is stressful and disorienting, but hit-and-runs add the element of outrage. You may want to chase the driver down, demanding that he or she accept responsibility. This is probably the worst thing you can do. Not only might the other driver retaliate against you — provided you can even manage to catch up with him or her — but you will lessen the chance of identifying witnesses or collecting evidence at the scene.

Instead, you should stay put, try to remain calm, and do as much of the following as you can.

Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run Accident

  • Don’t Minimize the Event.

After a hit-and-run accident, your adrenaline will be high, suppressing your pain receptors. You could be more injured than you realize. Assume that that situation is more serious than it seems and document as much as you can, including the time of the event, the extent of the damage, and anything you remember about the other driver’s vehicle. You should also check for the presence of surveillance cameras that may have recorded the accident.

Don’t rely on your memory of events. Make sure to put your observations in writing.

  • Identify Possible Witnesses.

You have one powerful advantage in the event of a hit-and-run accident: moral outrage. If there are witnesses, they may be more motivated to get involved than they would have been had the other driver remained on the scene. Make sure to get their names and contact information so that you or the authorities can contact them later.

  • Take Photographs.

In order to provide as complete a picture of the accident as possible — and to protect yourself against accusations of insurance fraud — you should take photos from different angles, including close-up photos of the damage to your vehicle and any injuries you sustained.

  • Call the Police.

In Arizona, it is a crime to flee the scene of an accident, even if the driver is not responsible. When the other motorist sustains injuries, charges range from a class 5 to a class 2 felony, with additional charges if the driver in the hit-and-run accident was intoxicated when the collision occurred.

The sooner the police are able to investigate the scene of the accident, the better chance you have of finding the person responsible and filing a claim against them through the civil court. The accident or “crash” report, which documents the accident from the point of view of the responding police officer, is the chief document your insurance company will use to make decisions about your case.

Filing a Hit-and-Run Accident Claim with Your Insurance Company

You may never learn the identity of the hit-and-run driver. Fortunately, there is still a way to receive compensation — through your policy’s uninsured motorist coverage. Although technically designed to provide compensation for injuries if the defendant has no liability insurance, you can also use uninsured motorist coverage in the case of a hit-and-run accident.

Your lawyer can bring a claim directly against the insurance company to provide compensation for the following:

  • medical bills
  • lost wages
  • pain and suffering.

In fact, in some cases, it is easier to resolve an uninsured motorist claim than it would be to receive a comparable claim from the defendant’s insurance company. You do need to have purchased uninsured motorist coverage and to file the claim within the time limit, which is typically three years in the state of Arizona.

How Will I Know Whether I Have a Hit-and-Run Accident Claim?

If you’ve been injured by a driver who fled the scene of the accident, you deserve payment to cover the costs of those injuries. Your insurance company should cooperate with you to make sure you are adequately compensated.

If your insurance company doesn’t cooperate, and you are left on you own to cover the costs, you should consider your legal options. Insurance companies often need a push, sometimes a forceful one, to do right by their policyholders.

If you’re unsure about whether you have a hit-and-run accident claim, it won’t hurt to consult a Tucson hit-and-run lawyer at the Khalidi Law Firm. We offer free consultations so you can learn more about your options. Call 520-629-9909 to speak to one of our attorneys today.

How Much Money Can I Get for My Hit-and-Run Claim?

The value of a claim depends on the costs you are facing. If you’ve suffered serious injuries that have been expensive to treat, left you unable to work and require ongoing care, your claim could be worth a lot of money.

Attorneys determine the value of a hit-and-run accident case by looking at all the ways an injury has impacted the victim’s life. This includes not only medical expenses and lost income, but also costs that are more difficult to put a figure on, such as pain and suffering. These claims can range from thousands to millions of dollars.

You’ll learn more about the potential value of your case by consulting a hit-and-run accident attorney in Tucson. Contact the Khalidi Law Firm to schedule a free case evaluation.

What Makes a Successful Hit-and-Run Lawsuit?

A successful lawsuit typically involves a case in which someone suffers injuries that are clearly someone else’s fault. In hit-and-run accident claims, the details of the injured person’s insurance policy also play a key role.

From a hit-and-run accident attorney’s perspective, a successful claim is one that is thoroughly prepared. This means conducting extensive research, negotiating firmly with insurance companies and building a case that clearly demonstrates the client’s suffering.

The Tucson hit-and-run lawyers at the Khalidi Law Firm have represented several clients in these types of cases. We have the skill and experience to get you the results you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling at 520-629-9909 to find out how we help our clients.

Does it Matter If You Don’t Know the Identity of the Hit-and-Run Driver?

Just because you don’t know who caused your injuries doesn’t mean you are without options. You can seek payment from your own insurance company. In some cases, the identity of the at-fault driver is discovered, which gives you even more options. However, it’s important to understand that you are completely within your rights to demand payment if your insurance policy offers it.

Don’t carry the costs of your injury if you don’t need to. It’s always worth exploring your legal options after a vehicle accident that wasn’t your fault – even if the identity of the driver is unknown. Contact the hit-and-run lawyers at the Khalidi Law Firm to find out whether you can file a claim for compensation.

Seeking Compensation? Talk to a Tucson Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney

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Unsure how to approach your insurance company? Worried about not being able to pay your medical bills and related expenses? The Khalidi Law Firm is ready to put our 20 years of experience to work for you. We handle every aspect of your uninsured motorist claim in order to get you the compensation to which you are entitled. If you have been injured by a hit-and-run driver, contact our Tucson hit-and-run accident attorneys at The Khalidi Law firm to find out if we can help you file a claim. Use our online form or call at 520-629-9909 to get a free consultation.