A Hit and Run Attorney can Help Track Down Negligent Drivers
A driver who leaves the scene of an accident may face serious legal consequences and can be held responsible for damages including physical pain and emotional distress. Attorney Josh Silverman will fight for victims of hit and run accidents in Richmond, VA and throughout Virginia, by working with law enforcement officers and private investigators to help you secure damages from the driver or your insurance company. Ideally we want to find the driver and hold the driver accountable. However, when the driver cannot be found you can assert a claim with your auto insurance policy under a provision called "uninsured motorist coverage." And no your insurance company can not raise your rates for an accident that you did not cause.
Contact Silverman Law Firm, LC to learn more about how we can help you after a hit and run accident.
What is a Hit and Run Accident?
Whether you caused the accident or were the victim of another driver’s negligence or recklessness, there are legal ramifications if you leave the scene of an accident without first providing your information. Hit and runs can involve two or more vehicles, pedestrians, and fixed objects like parked cars or mailboxes.
Whether you caused the accident or were the victim of another driver’s negligence or recklessness, there are legal ramifications if you leave the scene of an accident without first providing your information.
A hit and run accident can result in injuries that range from minor to serious and life threatening. Injuries are often more severe for pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists, as they lack the protection motor vehicles provide. Injuries victims may sustain in a hit and run accident include:
- Bruises, sprains, lacerations
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
Property damage is another consequence of hit and runs. If the driver flees the scene, he or she leaves the victim to deal with damage to a vehicle or bicycle. Victims of hit and runs may also have to address damage to land, building structures, and more.
Legal Consequences of Hit and Runs
The law requires you to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident—whether the crash was your fault or not—and provide your contact information and assistance to other parties as needed. All parties involved must provide law enforcement with their name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number (if applicable). Failing to do so could result in a Class 1 misdemeanor for property damages of less than $1,000 or a Class 5 felony if injuries occurred or there was more than $1,000 of property damage.
Collect Damages with an Attorney’s Assistance
Mr. Silverman hires a private investigator for all hit and run accident cases. The investigator will work with law enforcement officials and independently gather evidence such as video footage from outdoor surveillance cameras. If we can identify the driver, Mr. Silverman will pursue compensatory and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages will cover medical expenses, property damage, any wages lost, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are used to punish negligent drivers. In the event that we do not find the driver and your own insurance company resists paying your claim, we can help with that as well. Mr. Silverman has helped many clients procure favorable settlements and he understands how to deal with insurance companies. He will fight for your rights as outlined in your insurance policy.
Contact Silverman Law Firm, LC
Hit and run accidents are time-sensitive. Victims must report the accident within a set amount of time in order to pursue damages. To ensure the accident is reported and evidence is collected in a timely manner, call our office at (804) 325-4992 or contact us online if you have been involved in a hit and run accident.