Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers in Connecticut
Can You Still Recover Compensation After a Hit-and-Run?
After causing an accident, some drivers flee the scene before police can
arrive. While occasionally the other driver is later identified, many
times the responsible party is never found. If you are injured by a hit-and-run,
you might be able to recover your losses under the uninsured motorist
insurance coverage held by you, your family, or the vehicle that you were
occupying. Most Connecticut automobile insurance policies have defined
“uninsured motorist” to include unidentified drivers.
Injured in a hit-and-run accident with another driver? Even if you aren't
able to catch the culprit, you may still be able to obtain compensation. Call
(860) 245-2412 today for more help from our Connecticut hit-and-run accident attorneys.
What Can Police Do About a Hit-and-Run?
As law-enforcement officers, the police have other avenues of uncovering
evidence in a hit-and-run accident that can be helpful at times:
- Access to street cameras or store cameras
- Tracking down and speaking to witnesses
In addition to the above actions, police officers can also file an official
accident report on your behalf, which can help verify your claim with
your insurance company if you need to pursue compensation through uninsured
You should always report a hit-and-run accident to the proper authorities
as soon as it happens.
What Evidence Is Needed to Take a Hit-and-Run to Court?
Video Evidence - Some of the best evidence for winning a hit-and-run case is video evidence.
If you or the police are able to track down a video of the culprit fleeing
the scene or hitting your vehicle, this can be invaluable in court. If
you have a dash-cam, you may be able to find some video footage of the
hit-and-run driver there as well.
Photo Evidence - Take photos of the scene of the accident; this can help back up and
damage claims that you make in court.
Witnesses - By speaking to witnesses and recording their statements, you can get
a firsthand account of what happened and present that as evidence that
backs up your own account of the accident.
At the end of the day, even if you are unable to identify the hit-and-run
driver, you may still be able to obtain compensation for your injuries
and damage to your personal property.
How Do You Report a Hit-and-Run Accident?
In Connecticut you are required to report any car accidents where an individual
is hurt or killed and whenever property damage occurs. If a police officer
does not respond to the scene of your accident, it is important that you
reach out to your local law enforcement to report the accident yourself
within 5 days of your accident. The sooner you report the accident, the
better, especially in cases involving a hit-and-run.
What is the Penalty for a Hit and Run in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, hit and run drivers face steep fines and potential jail
time if they flee a scene where an individual was injured or killed. They
may be charged with fines up to $10,000 dollars and face a prison sentence
between 1 and 10 years. If no one was injured in the accident, the punishment
may be less severe.
How RisCassi & Davis, P.C. Can Help
One of our partners,
Michael Jainchill, is a leading legal mind on cases like these and will be part of your
legal team. He is also the co-author of Connecticut Law of Uninsured and
Underinsured Motorist Coverage, published by The Atlantic Law Book Company,
now in its Fourth Edition. The Connecticut Supreme Court has referred
to this book as the leading book in the field of uninsured and underinsured
motorist law. Need to hire a hit-and-run accident attorney in Connecticut?
Let our Connecticut hit-and-run accident lawyers provide you with the help
you need. Call us at (860) 245-2412 today to schedule a
free initial consultation.