A Philadelphia hit and run accident lawyer can help you if you are the victim of a driver who flees the scene. The Gibbons & Crichton, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers represent victims of hit and run accidents. We can evaluate your options, pursue your case and represent your interests in the claims process.
Lawyers for Hit and Run Accident Victims in Philadelphia
Being in an accident is bad enough, but it’s even harder to be the victim of a hit and run. Our lawyers serve hit and run accident victims in Philadelphia.
Here are some ways we can help following a hit and run:
Investigating and documenting
A hit and run case takes significant investigation and documentation. We ensure that you provide the necessary information to the police and the insurance companies. We contact witnesses, verify your damages and build your claim.
Determining your rights
Fair compensation for a hit and run accident means knowing your legal rights. We review insurance policies, legal standards, and the facts of the case. We look at every possibility to pursue justice for you.
Pursuing your compensation
We are trial lawyers, and we are full-service lawyers. We will pursue your case in full, including settlement negotiations and trial advocacy.
Answering your questions
Great legal representation means answering your questions and guiding you throughout the case. To us, you are not just a case file or a number. You are a person whose life has been affected by the actions of others. We provide personalized and customized legal representation that gets results for our clients.
We are the Gibbons & Crichton, Personal Injury and Accident Lawyers. We are lawyers that work exclusively for accident victims in Philadelphia. Contact us now to talk to a lawyer about your hit and run claim.
About Hit and Run Accidents
A hit and run accident is a motor vehicle collision where a driver does not stay at the scene of the accident and fulfill their obligations to report the accident to the police, provide information and arrange for medical assistance.
Why do people hit and run?
It can be hard to understand why people choose to hit and run, knowing that it’s illegal. However, here are some reasons that a person may flee the scene of a crash:
- Being at fault for the accident
- Not having insurance or a valid driver’s license
- Having warrants out for their arrest
- Fear of being deported
- Potential penalties for a commercial driver’s license
- Worried about the reaction of family members
- Drunk driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Previous tickets and potential consequences for a driver’s license
- Not wanting to take responsibility for their actions
Despite these excuses, hit and run is wrong, and it is harmful to victims. If you are the victim of a hit and run, you can have our professional legal team on your side, fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Compensation for a Hit and Run Accident
If you are injured in a hit and run, you may receive compensation. Because the accident involves a hit and run, there are some unique things to consider as you pursue your claim. No-fault insurance may cover some of your damages for a hit and run accident. In addition, if you opted for tort insurance, you may have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage that provides compensation.
If the driver can be located, you may qualify to bring a third-party claim. You may receive compensation for the damages sustained in the accident and additional losses because the party chose to flee the scene. Punitive damages may even be awarded with a finding that the offender’s actions were especially egregious, showing disregard for the safety of others.
Hit and Run Accident FAQs
What is the hit and run law in Philadelphia?
The hit and run laws in Philadelphia are 75 Pa.C.S. § 3742, 75 Pa.C.S. § 3743 and 75 Pa.C.S. § 3745. The laws say that a driver involved in an accident resulting in injury, death, or damage to property must stay at the scene, provide information and render aid. 75 Pa.C.S. § 3746 is the law that requires reporting an accident to the police if there is injury, death, or damage that makes a vehicle undrivable or a hit and run.
Is leaving the scene of an accident a felony in Pennsylvania?
Do I need to bring a hit and run civil claim if there are criminal charges?
Hit and run criminal charges focus on the offender paying their debt to society. They may be put in jail and ordered to pay a fine. A civil claim is about the legal responsibility of the offender to the victim and the harm that the victim endures.
There are differences between the two types of proceedings, including a lower burden of proof in a civil claim, the possibility of non-economic damages, and the right of the victim to control decisions during the litigation rather than a prosecutor.
What should I do if involved in a hit and run car accident?
If you are in a hit and run, call the police right away. Get as much information as you can, like a license plate or a description of the vehicle. Get witness information, if available. Take photos of the accident scene. Seek medical attention. Tell your insurance company about the crash.
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Got hurt? Get Gibbons! We are a legal team that you can trust. If you are the victim of an accident where a driver flees the scene, a Philadelphia hit and run accident lawyer can help you. We are injury lawyers who specialize in select cases, including hit and run claims.