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Hit And Run Claims

What is a ‘hit and run’?

Drivers involved in a road accident are legally obliged to stop and provide their contact details (name and address). A hit and run is when the driver at fault for the road accident fails to do this and instead drives off in hope they won’t get caught. This is a criminal offence and is punishable with a prison sentence of up to 6 months, 5-10 driving license penalty points, a fine of up to £5,000 and a driving ban at the discretion of the court.

Why does hit and run happen?

For most cases it is likely that the driver is scared. They’re afraid of what they did, the penalty they face and the shame they bring upon themselves. This fear causes the driver to act abnormally, such as driving away in hope that they will not be caught and can avoid the punishment.

In other cases the driver knows they shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place. It is possible that the driver was banned from driving, or had no car insurance, or has stolen the vehicle they are driving. They are worried that this would mean a more severe sentence. With no insurance they would be unable to pay for the repairs and damages they have inflicted, so they drive off hoping they will never be caught.

What should you do if you have been hit and run?

Try to remember as much of the incident as possible. Write down anything that would help the police in their investigation towards catching the responsible. This includes the registration plate of the offending vehicle, the brand, the model, the colour, any visible traits and noticeable marks on the vehicle.

You must report a hit and run to the police within 24 hours. Failure to do so will most likely invalidate your compensation claim.

If you were in a vehicle when you were the victim of a hit and run, you should take plenty of photographs showing your damaged car, the position of the damaged car in the road, and close-up photos that highlight the damage. If you were on a bike or a pedestrian victim, you should take photos of the accident scene and any injuries. All photographic evidence is highly recommended by your insurers and solicitors for your case.

Can you claim for a hit and run?

Yes! You can start a compensation claim even if the perpetrator was never identified or caught. Pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and passengers involved in a hit and run can claim for compensation.

Limitation period for hit and run claims

A limitation period is the maximum time allowed to bring a claim to the courts after an event has occurred. Most claims for this type of accident will proceed under the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) schemes and the limitation period for bringing such claims is 3 years in respect of injury, but can be as little as 9 months for other expenses such as property damage (repair costs).

Do you have a valid claim?

  • Did you report the hit and run offence to the police within 24 hours?
  • Did you cooperate with the police in their investigations?
  • Did the hit and run accident happen less than 3 years ago?

If you answered yes to the above 3 questions then you may have a valid claim.

Scott Rees & Co solicitors are a specialist firm in dealing with all kinds of road traffic accidents and situations. Calling or contacting us is free, so it doesn’t matter if you are unsure of whether you have a valid claim or not. Tell us your story and we can help advise you on the appropriate action to take.

Let Scott Rees solicitors fight for the compensation that you deserve.

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