If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident, you or your family may be aware of the difficulties with tracking down the driver responsible for your injuries. It can be a devastating and emotional experience.
Some of the injuries suffered can be catastrophic, such as spinal cord damage or brain injuries. Others, such as concussions or chronic pain, can be harder to detect as the symptoms may not show up immediately following the accident.
Other effects, such as psychological damage, can be even more challenging to diagnose as the symptoms vary from person to person. Sometimes mental trauma is attributed to other factors, such as stress, laziness or fatigue, before they are correctly identified.
What all these consequences have in common is that they can be expensive symptoms to treat. Physical damage can result in high medical bills, as well as continued costs for rehabilitation or compassionate care. Other costs can be the result of being unable to return to work. A loss of income, and being unable to provide for dependants, is another financial burden.
It’s common to discover that insurance coverage may not always cover all your expenses. This makes it important to attempt to identify who caused the accident and seek additional financial compensation from the driver.
In an article posted in the Toronto Star, a transportation reporter looked at what made drivers decide to leave the scene of a hit and run. The major finding was that the drivers were afraid. For some drivers, they may be afraid they have seriously hurt a person. For others, they may be afraid of any resulting litigation or criminal charges.
According to the article, many hit-and-run drivers were already in the act of doing something illegal, like driving while impaired. Leaving the scene of a hit-and-run would have resulted in additional, and more severe charges, if caught. The police interviewed in the article did not say whether the amount of hit-and-run cases were ever resolved. What they did say is that, typically, younger drivers were more inclined to turn themselves in due to the emotional guilt that builds up over time.
If you, or someone you know has been injured in a hit-and-run, it’s best advised that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. He or she will be able to help you identify what types of compensation you can pursue, and what your options are to seek civil damages against another driver.