After a Maine motor vehicle accident, injury victims are likely suffering physically, emotionally as well as financially. One way to ease this burden is to pursue a claim for damages through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. However, challenges arise when the responsible party fled the scene of the accident or failed to provide their identifying information. In these cases, Maine treats the accident as a hit and run. It is important that Maine hit and run injury victims contact an attorney to help them through these complicated situations.
There are many reasons that a motorist may leave the scene of an accident. However, it typically occurs if the driver was engaged in some illegal activity, such as driving without a license, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Additionally, hit and run motorists may want to avoid paying damages or being named in a lawsuit. In some rare cases, the driver may be experiencing a medical event or not realize that they hit another vehicle or person.
In any event, hit and run accidents often result in more serious injuries and leave victims in a challenging position. Once the responsible party flees the scene, they can be difficult to identify and locate. Police may investigate the accident scene, review video footage, and interview witnesses; however, this investigation may fall short in some cases. In contrast, attorneys often work with a team of investigators and forensic experts that can help in recreating the scene of the accident. These resources provide clients with a higher likelihood of success in resolving their cases.
Further, insurance companies often raise significant hurdles in these cases. Experienced personal injury attorneys can advocate on behalf of clients against these companies. Although these cases are more complicated than other types of Maine accidents, attorneys can help victims through all stages of their lawsuit, including identifying and locating the responsible party, and recovering compensation against the party and their insurance company. If a party cannot be located, then an accident victim may be able to file a claim with their own insurance company.
Recently, a Maine news report described a serious accident involving a bicyclist and a hit and run driver. Witnesses told police that they saw a dark gray car hit the biker and quickly leave the scene. The 33-year-old biker was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries to his head and leg. The driver eventually told his family that he was involved in the accident, and they reported him to the local police. The biker will be undergoing risky surgery to treat his severe injuries.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a Maine Hit and Run Accident?
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a Maine hit and run accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Peter Thompson & Associates. The attorneys at our firm work with a team of investigators, paralegals, and experts to ensure that our clients have access to all of the resources they need to successfully pursue a claim for damages. We have recovered compensation on behalf of our clients in their claims for damages stemming from car accidents, premises liability claims, workplace accidents, and other similar incidents. Compensation in these cases often includes payments for medical bills, ongoing medical treatment, and pain and suffering. Contact our office at 800-804-2004 to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer at our firm.