Drivers who get in car accidents in Missouri or Illinois are legally required to stop and exchange personal information, as well as pertinent insurance information, and/or to wait for police to arrive at the scene. When drivers fail to do this, they may face criminal charges of hit-and-run (also referred to as leaving the scene of the accident), as well as a car accident civil lawsuit filed on behalf of any victims in the collision. In the event that a hit-and-run accident occurs, however, tracking down the at-fault driver can be tricky, as it may take police weeks or even months to identify hit-and-run drivers (if they are able to do so at all). In such cases:
- Drivers who have uninsured motorist coverage as part of their own auto insurance policy can receive compensation for their injuries, property damage and losses, as hit-and-run claims are covered by uninsured motorist coverage.
- If police ultimately are able to track down the hit-and-run driver, car accident victims can sue the at-fault driver for all costs – including medical bills, car repair expenses and lost wages – incurred as a result of the car accident. In these situations, police reports can play a vital role in helping establish negligence and building a strong car accident lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Consultations with St. Louis, Missouri Hit-and-Run Car Accident Lawyers
The St. Louis car accident Attorneys at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you were involved in a car accident and are currently in need of a Missouri or Illinois car accident lawyer, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.