Hit & Run Accident Lawyers in Middlebury
Fighting for Maximum Compensation
Everyone dreads getting in a car accident. Circumstances are made worse when the responsible party abandons the scene immediately after the crash has taken place. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, contact the experienced legal team at Griffin Injury Law, LLC. Our Middlebury hit and run accident attorneys can help you recover full and fair compensation for your losses.
Civil Court Vs. Criminal Court
Hit and run accidents are typically tried as criminal cases, which could lead to the responsible party being fined or imprisoned. However, victims of hit and run accidents also have the opportunity to file a claim in civil court in an effort to obtain compensation for their injuries and other damages. Even if the driver is not convicted in criminal court, a successful civil court proceeding can force the defendant or their insurance company to cover the financial costs you have incurred.
Although some criminal court decisions may involve retribution to hit and run victims, pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit is often a better way to ensure compensation. While criminal courts require the prosecution to prove the driver was guilty of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt, civil cases only require that the driver is shown to be responsible for the accident by a preponderance of the evidence.
Types of Injuries Resulting from Hit & Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents often lead to serious injuries. While many of these accidents involve one vehicle striking another vehicle, they can also involve a motorist running into a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Bicyclists and pedestrians are the most at risk of catastrophic injuries resulting from a hit and run accident, but even those in cars can sustain some pretty severe wounds.
As a victim of a hit and run accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for several types of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Spine injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
- Limb amputation
Uninsured/Underinsured Accident Attorneys
In some situations, drivers who cause hit and run accidents are never found. In this case, the victim will need to obtain compensation from their own insurance company. This type of insurance is referred to as uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If you were driving your own vehicle at the time of the accident, you can seek compensation from your own insurance company.
If you were injured while driving or as a passenger of someone else’s vehicle, you may be able to pursue compensation from both your insurance provider and the vehicle owner’s insurer. If you were a pedestrian at the time of the accident, you may have additional insurance coverages you can seek compensation under. Some of these may include your health insurance provider, your homeowner’s insurance policy, or your own auto insurance.
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