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Being involved in an accident is a stressful situation that already takes a toll on a person’s day, but it gets worse when the at-fault driver takes off before you can meet and exchange insurance information. This kind of circumstance may make you feel lost and frustrated, but that is why our team at The CEO Lawyer is here to help.
Ali Awad and his team at the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm understand just how difficult a hit and run can be for the victim. We pride ourselves on the family-oriented approach we take to treating our clients.
We want to serve you the way you would take care of your family because that is the level of dedication everyone deserves from their representation. We pledge to do everything in our power to seek any available forms of compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you choose to meet with us, you’ll receive a free, no-obligation consultation where we can assess the details of your case and at least help guide you in the right direction. If you have been in a hit-and-run accident, it is critical to understand what you may be missing out on by denying representation.
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One of the main reasons that representation is important for hit-and-run cases specifically is because — even if the police are unable to identify the at-fault party — you may still have a chance to recover your damages!
In some cases, you can use an available uninsured motorist policy to protect yourself from the devastating financial effects of hit-and-runs. Unfortunately, the general rule of insurance companies still stands in this case; if you file a claim with your insurance, asking for coverage, you are much less likely to receive an offer for full and fair damages if you don’t have an attorney representing you.
There may also be other parties who contributed fault to your accident. Examples include other drivers involved, a defective vehicle part manufacturer, or a public road maintenance company that created unreasonable danger for drivers.
Hiring an attorney also means you can save your time and stress levels by having someone to speak on your behalf, insurance representatives, and other parties along the way. Your attorney will also help you investigate your accident, potentially even identifying the person who hit you.
The first thing to do after someone flees your car accident scene is to alert the authorities. You need to report the accident as soon as possible so the police can begin an investigation to find the negligent driver.
Reporting your collision in a timely manner is extremely important. For one, without a police report, insurance companies and other parties may question whether the accident truly happened at all.
Further, there is a statute of limitations for filing insurance claims and court proceedings for an accident. In Tennessee, this time frame is one calendar year.
You must act quickly to try and identify the responsible party or to look to other options for seeking compensation.
One of the best ways to catch a negligent driver and prove that they were actually involved is through evidence provided by law enforcement investigations. These may include traffic cameras, internal vehicle GPS systems, eyewitness testimony, and many other possibilities.
Pair this with an accident reconstruction consistent with the damage inflicted on your vehicle, and you can begin filing a claim with the appropriate insurance company.
The second thing to remember after you have been involved in a hit-and-run is to always visit a medical professional for a full analysis and diagnosis. Even if you don’t feel significantly hurt, remember that you may have underlying injuries that are disguised by adrenaline and stress.
You also may develop complications from conditions like whiplash in the ensuing days, so it is always critical to undergo a complete medical evaluation in every instance.
Remember that you can always visit an urgent care clinic or private practice if you do not wish to visit the emergency room. Just remember to do so promptly so any diagnosed injuries can be connected to the date of your accident.
In Tennessee, drivers are legally required to stop after an accident. Ignoring this law can lead to some serious consequences.
By not stopping, the negligent party has no way to know if the other driver was injured. If a bodily injury is the case, the at-fault driver could face jail time, a fine, and license suspension. Not to mention a rise in insurance costs when their license is reinstated!
A hit and run involving an injury is a Class A Misdemeanor, and it is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, as well as a potential fine of up to $2,500.
Even if no one is hurt, the act of fleeing will still be considered a Class C Misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to 30 days of jail time, license suspension, and a fine of $50. The penalty is directly assessed by the level of property damage.
Some drivers may also face felony charges, especially if it can be proven that they knew they should have stopped at the scene of an accident they knew they had caused.
The state of Tennessee is recognized as an “at-fault state,” meaning that the negligent driver considered at fault in the accident is responsible for paying out the other driver. This is in comparison to “no-fault,” states that require all persons involved in an accident to file claims through their own auto insurance company.
In an “at-fault” state with a modified comparative negligence procedure like Tennessee, the percentage of liability is determined for each party involved. For example, one driver can be found 20% at fault while the other driver must take responsibility for 80% of the blame.
So, in a situation like this, where total fault cannot be attributed to one party, the potential payout for the driver who is 20% responsible will be deducted from that percentage.
In Tennessee, a person is eligible to file a claim against a negligent driver if they are found to be less than 50% responsible. So, in a case where you were seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, and the proceedings escalate to court, after hearing all of the evidence, they will decide how much of the blame falls on each party and distribute the settlement accordingly.
The shock of realizing that the person who just hit your car has fled the scene can be overwhelming. It may leave you flustered without a clue of how to react.
As we covered in a previous section, the first thing to do is to try collecting your composure and then let the police know what happened (if you are physically capable). But now what?
If the car accident is severe, chances are there are emergency responders on their way, ready to block off the area and clean up the mess. If you are seriously injured, a first responder will take you to the hospital in an ambulance.
If you are physically stable at the time of the accident where someone has fled, exit the vehicle and immediately look for witnesses nearby. The best person to speak to is usually the one standing on the side of the road with their mouth wide open and a flushed look of concern painted on their face.
By meeting with witnesses and exchanging contact information, you are already giving the police a lead to the hit-and-run offender. Acting quickly is necessary, as most witnesses will not just stand by waiting for you and need to get along with their days.
Ask any witness you come in contact with to text or email you a statement so that you can forward it to any investigators dealing with your case.
Before any emergency responders begin to clean up the scene of the accident, make sure to take pictures or a video that captures multiple different angles of the accident and clearly documents all damage. This evidence is important to turn over to the negligent driver’s insurance company in the event that they are found by the police.
Further, immediately begin recording a statement capturing every possible detail you can think of. Remember that you not only need to be able to correctly identify the vehicle that hit you but also the specific driver.
Police will expect a physical description or some form of a unique identifier that could help them correctly pinpoint the same person who hit you.
Ali Awad and the team at the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm want to help you in every way that we can. That’s why we’re not just your everyday law firm.
We strive to go above and beyond for clients, helping you find reputable car rental services, referring trusted doctors who won’t expect you to pay out of pocket, aiding in finding the right pre-settlement loan, and much more. All accidents are different, but we still take the same approach of developing a comprehensive plan for our clients every single time!
One of the main missions of our firm has always been to provide excellent service to our clients and reach victims of accidents who, otherwise, wouldn’t typically have access to legal support.
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To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Chattanooga, it lasts only one year. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only one year to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process. Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today. We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.