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If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, the most important thing you need to know is this: You shouldn't panic. We understand that you are concerned about securing compensation for your injuries, and we want you to know that you may still have options available. Before you make any decisions, contact our Denver auto accident lawyers so that we can assess your case and exhaust your opportunities for recovering the compensation you deserve.
3 Ways to Recover Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Accident
As the victim of a hit-and-run accident, there are potentially three ways that you can recover compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related losses:
1. Identify the Hit-and-Run Driver
The first option is to identify the hit-and-run driver. Even though the driver who hit you fled the scene, it may still be possible to identify him or her through an exhaustive investigation. What details do you remember about the vehicle? Color? Make and model? What state was on the license plate? Do you remember any of the license plate numbers?
Even if you don't know anything about the vehicle, our team can rely on a number of different sources to try to track down the hit-and-run driver. For example, maybe a witness saw the vehicle or recorded the accident on a dash cam. Maybe there were traffic cameras in the area. The driver may have even posted about the accident on social media.
2. File a Claim Against Another Liable Party
Another option that we pursue in all accident cases is to identify any other parties that may have played a role in the accident. Along with any other drivers involved in the collision, depending upon what happened, we may be able to help you recover compensation from:
- The government authority responsible for designing and maintaining the road
- A private contractor involved in the road's construction or maintenance
- A maintenance or repair shop that performed shoddy work on your vehicle
- Your vehicle's manufacturer or a component manufacturer
3. File an Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claim
A third option for recovering compensation after a hit-and-run accident is to file a claim under your own uninsured/underinsured (UIM) motorist policy. From an insurance perspective, hit-and-run cases are treated similarly to cases involving accidents caused by uninsured motorists.
In a UIM insurance claim, your insurance company acts as though it is the other driver's insurer. Essentially, it "stands in the shoes" of the hit-and-run driver's insurance company. As a result, you will need to have evidence of fault and the extent of your injuries, and you will need to protect yourself against your insurance company's efforts to have you settle for less than you deserve.
Speak With a Denver Automobile Accident Lawyer at Levine Law
Regardless of the circumstances, if you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in Denver, we encourage you to call us so that we can help. We provide free consultations, and we do not charge any fees unless we secure a financial recovery. To find out what options you have available, call us at (303) 333-8000 or tell us what happened online today.