When a driver causes an accident by hitting another vehicle, property, or individual and then flees the scene without giving their information or waiting for law enforcement, it is known as a hit and run accident. While it is difficult to determine why people flee the scene, the driver may be under the influence, has a warrant out for their arrest, or don’t have a license or insurance. If you are involved in a hit and run accident, you need to take important steps to protect yourself.
Hit and Run Accidents in Maryland
Unfortunately, these accidents are prevalent in Maryland, and there are extensive laws surrounding them. In accidents that involve property damage, injury, or death, Maryland drivers must provide reasonable assistance to the injured person and call 911 for assistance or medical care. The negligent driver must also give their personal information to the other parties involved and the police officer at the scene and immediately report the accident to their insurance. If you were recently involved in a Maryland hit and run accident, you may be able to recover some compensation by filing an insurance claim if the negligent party cannot be located.
An identification must first be made to determine liability after a hit and run accident. The best ways to identify the driver in question are by eyewitness testimony, an obtained license plate number, or any other means to locate the vehicle owner. After you have determined who caused the accident, criminal or civil penalties may result.
Making a Claim
Filing a claim for a hit and run accident is almost the same as claiming any other type of car accident. The insurance company can decide if they will pay up the policy limits. However, negotiations usually happen instead, so hiring an attorney for this process is a good idea. If the insurance company does not offer a satisfactory amount of compensation, you could take your claim to the courts. It is critical that you hire a reputable law firm to handle your case to ensure that you deserve the compensation. If you or a loved one are a victim of a hit and run accident and have suffered a serious injury, contact our seasoned legal professionals at Snyder Law Group, LLC immediately for a free legal consultation.
Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Please visit our website, www.410thefirm.com, or call us at 410-843-3476, for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.