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What Happens If I am in a Hit-and-Run?

All motorists involved in a crash are required to stop their vehicles and remain at the scene. The failure to do so is a hit-and-run. It is a criminal violation in Illinois. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that an astounding 675,000 hit-and-run crashes happen nationwide each year. At SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, our Illinois auto accident attorney is devoted to helping victims and families fight for justice—no matter the situation that they are facing. Here, you will find an overview of the key thing to know about what happens if you were involved in a hit-and-run crash in Cook County. 

The Immediate Steps to Take if You Are in a Hit-and-Run Crash in Illinois

While all car accidents are stressful, hit-and-run collisions take things to an entirely separate level. If you are involved in a hit-and-run crash in Illinois, it can be an incredibly overwhelming experience. Knowing what to do can make a difference. Here are the immediate steps that you should take:

  • Stop your vehicle and move to a safe location; 
  • Call the police and report the accident; 
  • Document the crash, recording every bit of information you have; 
  • Seek immediate medical attention for any injuries (emergency needs come first); 
  • Notify your insurance company of the hit-and-run crash; and
  • Consult with an experienced Illinois car accident attorney. 

Your Three Main Options for Pursuing Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Collision

You still have the right to pursue financial compensation for your damages after a hit-and-run crash. Here is an overview of your three main options for pursuing justice in Illinois: 

  • The Hit-and-Run Driver: If the driver who hit you is caught, you can pursue compensation directly from them. Many hit-and-run motorists are eventually tracked down. 
  • Your Own Insurance Company: If you have uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim with your own insurer to cover the damages and injuries you sustained. 
  • A Negligent Third Party: If the hit-and-run collision was caused by the negligence of a third party, such as a road construction company or a municipality responsible for maintaining the roadway, you may be able to pursue compensation from them.

Get Help From an Illinois Hit and Run Accident Lawyer

At SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, our Illinois hit-and-run accident attorneys have the specialized skills, knowledge, and legal experience to protect your rights and your interests. Contact us right away for a no-fee, no-commitment case review. From our Rolling Meadows law office, we handle hit-and-run accident injury claims in Cook County and throughout Northern Illinois. 

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