Unfortunately hit and run accidents are on the rise in Alabama with the number of hit and run incidents rising steadily for three years. Hit and run deaths hit a whopping 1,449 in a recent year, according to data. Alabama law strictly prohibits drivers from leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries or death. Additionally, fleeing the scene of an accident in which someone is injured is punishable by a minimum of a year in jail and up to $15,000 fine. Fleeing the scene of an accident in which no one is hurt still carries with it jail time of up to a year and up to a $6,000 fine.
A hit and run accident by definition is one in which a vehicle driver is involved in an accident with a pedestrian, or another vehicle or fixed object, and the driver flees the scene without providing identification or assisting anyone who may need help.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by the acts of a hit and run driver, contact the Alabama hit and run attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. immediately. Our attorneys can help you recover damages for lost wages, medical bills, emotional stress, and more. You can call us at 205.324.3600
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Why Do You Need a Hit and Run Attorney?
Many important factors are at play in a hit and run case in Alabama. The Alabama hit and run car accident attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. are well versed in the laws regarding hit and runs, as well as in the procedures needed to recover damages for you. Our attorneys can immediately begin to interview witnesses, work with police, and piece together a timeline of events for your hit and run accident. This is crucial in the process of ensuring you are compensated for lost wages, emotional stress, medical bills, and more. We use our own investigators, as well as outside sources, to ensure we have an accurate picture of what happened in your accident. While we tend to these details, you can rest and recover and feel confident you have someone on your side.
In the event that the hit and run perpetrator is not able to be located, our attorneys will file a hit and run claim with your insurance company. Should the guilty party be found, our attorneys will file your injury claim, negotiate compensation, and if need be, take the claim to court.
Reasons People Flee the Scene of an Accident
While no reason is acceptable or legal for someone to leave the scene of an accident, some reasons drivers may flee after a hit and run accident include below. The motorist is:
- Uninsured or underinsured,
- Panicked or injured,
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
- Afraid of confrontation,
- Hiding a prior criminal record,
- Driving without a license or with a suspended license,
- Driving a company car, or
- Simply avoiding responsibility.
No matter the reason for the driver leaving the scene, you are likely entitled to compensation for your injuries and emotional stress. The Alabama hit and run accident attorneys at Hollis, Wright & Clay, P.C. are accustomed to handling a variety of car accident cases, including hit and run, throughout the State of Alabama. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a hit and run accident—or in any type of accident—call us as soon as possible after you've received medical treatment. You can reach us at 844.LAW.TALK
or online here