Hit and run accidents are extremely stressful. Not only do you have to deal with the damages to your car, but also any pain, suffering, and injuries as a result of the accident.
Arkansas Laws on Hit and Run Accidents
The Arkansas law requires that any party involved in an accident must give information, remain at the scene of the accident, and render aid:
- (a) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle that is driven or attended by any person shall give his or her name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving.
- (b) The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle that is driven or attended by any person shall remain at the scene of the accident for a reasonable time in order to be present if the driver knows that a law enforcement agency was contacted for assistance unless it is necessary for the driver to leave the scene of the accident to render assistance as required by subdivision (a)(2) of this section.
The Truth About Hit and Runs
Hit and run accidents are an epidemic that have plagued the country–especially large cities. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that almost 11% of all reported accidents involve a driver fleeing the scene, and 1 out of 5 pedestrian fatalities are the result of this type of accident. Even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that hit and runs have increased over time.
The reason for hit and run accidents varies. A driver will flee the scene of a hit and run accident if he/she feels there is a reason to do so. The driver who caused the accident could be under the influence of alcohol or another drug, does not have a license or is driving with a suspended license, is driving without insurance, or several other options.
What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident
If you are ever involved in a hit and run accident in Arkansas, chances are you’ll feel angry, confused, and disappointed. However, there are several steps you need to take in order for the police to catch the driver who hit you and help your insurance company make decisions about your claim:
- Take photos of the driver’s license plate
- Get the car’s make and model
- Find witnesses of the accident and get their name and contact information
- Write down the time and location of the scene
- Take photos of the scene
- Take photos of your vehicle
You may also wonder how your insurance can even cover a hit and run accident when there’s no driver to exchange insurance and contact information. Hit and run accidents are usually settled under your uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage pays for medical expenses, and uninsured motorist property damage covers car repairs.
What To Expect
Any good attorney will help you take the proper steps in filing a claim and possibly finding the negligent driver who fled the scene. Even if the driver cannot be found, do not give up hope. There is still a possibility in getting the money you deserve to cover vehicle damages, lost wages, and medical expenses.
The Law Offices of Alan LeVar is devoted to seeking justice for your case with the most favorable outcome. Therefore, a typical case with us includes the following:
- A free initial consultation, where we evaluate your claim
- Investigating your hit and run accident thoroughly
- Working tirelessly to prepare and present a compelling case on your behalf
- Negotiating with insurance companies to ensure they will cover medical treatment and vehicle damages
Because all cases are unique, we provide individualized support and guidance for you and your family.
Get the Hit and Run Settlement You Deserve
Accidents in general are physically and emotionally daunting. In a hit and run accident, there’s added stress because the negligent driver sometimes is never found and arrested. This is why we will fight for you to receive the settlement you deserve so you can continue living your life. For hit and run accidents, we pursue several types of compensation including:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses (current and future)
- Vehicle damages
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation costs
- Diminished earning capacity
If you are in need of an experienced hit and run attorney in the areas of Little Rock, Texarkana, Hot Springs, Conway, Arkadelphia, or any of the surrounding cities in Arkansas, call the Law Offices of Alan LeVar at (888) 220-7068. Contact us now for a free case evaluation.