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Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer Salt Lake City, UT
Most car accidents spark cooperation and concern between the parties involved, but a hit-and-run accident lawyer Salt Lake City, UT residents trust can confirm that this isn’t always how things turn out.
Hit-and-run drivers flee the scene of an accident, usually because they caused it, because they were doing something illegal (like drinking and driving), and/or because they don’t have insurance. No matter what their reasons may be, hit-and-run drivers need to be identified so that they can be held accountable for their actions. Depending on the specifics of any given situation, these individuals may face criminal charges. However, victims of hit-and-run accidents may bring civil actions against those who have harmed them, whether or not criminal charges are brought against those drivers who have caused injuries and fled the scene. If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, know that the experienced team at Rasmussen & Miner is here to help.
Investigation is Critical
Normally, after a crash, both drivers involved stay at the scene, exchange insurance information, and make sure they could contact one another again for follow-up discussions. After a hit-and-run accident, the at-fault driver flees the scene to avoid detection.
Unfortunately, you cannot file a personal injury claim or pursue criminal charges against the hit-and-run driver until they are found. Therefore, it is important to do all you can to facilitate that process.
Working with Police
First, you should file a police report, giving as much information as you can about the crash and any identifying information you can think of regarding the other driver/car. Next, you should check the scene around you to determine if there were witnesses who may be willing to give statements or, better yet, cameras that may have caught the accident. Traffic cameras are common at intersections these days, and many business owners have security cameras that face the street.
Finally, you should obtain a copy of the police report. It will be necessary to have one if you want or need to file a claim with your own insurance company.
You should also file a police report on principle, because as soon as a driver flees the scene, it is no longer a car accident. It is a crime, and the at-fault driver needs to be held criminally responsible, if at all possible.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Police try to investigate crimes as well as they can, but they have limited time and resources. This is one of the many reasons why you will want to contact an auto accident lawyer Salt Lake City, UT residents trust to discuss your legal options under Utah law. You deserve to benefit from personalized professional guidance, attention, and advocacy in the wake of a hit-and-run crash.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Legal Options
Our firm is proud to help personal injury victims seek the compensation they deserve, including those who have been injured by hit-and-run drivers. To learn more about your options in a free initial consultation, call us to speak to an experienced Salt Lake City, UT hit-and-run accident lawyer today; we look forward to speaking with you.