Idaho Hit and Run Lawyer
A dangerous trend highway patrol is seeing in Idaho and all throughout the United States is a spike in hit and run accidents. Irresponsible drivers flee the scene of an accident for a number of reasons. But the chief among them is a rather simple reason: they do not have automobile insurance on their vehicle.
These reckless drivers rather risk a felony and potential jail time than be on the hook for thousands of dollars of damage they’ve caused in medical bills and property damage. While you can still sue a driver in a hit and run accident and receive compensation, it’s virtually impossible to determine negligence if the driver flees the scene before you can get identification from them. Without the help of an experienced car accident attorney who knows how to litigate hit and run accidents, you will likely end up paying for your own injuries and losses, and no one wants to find themselves in such a dire situation.
Below are several types of hit and run accidents, the skilled attorneys with The Advocates have encountered over the years:
- A motorist hits another car and speeds off without stopping
- A motorist crashes into a parked car and drives away without leaving contact information
- An automobile strikes a pedestrian and quickly leaves the scene of the incident without stopping
- A car is hit from behind by another car, hits the car in front of it, and then speeds away
- A motorist hits a bicyclist and accelerates away without pulling over
Other common reasons behind hit and run accidents usually involve drivers fleeing to avoid being cited or arrested for drunk driving, grand theft auto, or simply to avoid a traffic penalty. What these selfish motorists find out after they’re caught is that the penalties for a hit and run driver often far outweigh the more minor infractions they were originally hoping to avoid.
Hit and Run Accident and Idaho Law
According to Idaho State law, any driver whom is involved in an automobile accident, no matter if it was on public or private property, must stop their vehicle at the scene if the accident involves an injury or death. Not doing so risks being charged with a felony. If you are involved in an accident which has caused an injury you must, by law, also do the following:
- Remain at the scene of the accident until you have either exchanged information or given permission by an on-scene official
- Provide your name, address, phone number, registration number, and automobile insurance information to all involved parties to the accident
- Provide your driver’s license to the other parties or to the on-scene police officer
- Assist in every way you are able to any injured person or persons involved in the accident
Failing to perform the above duties opens you up to potential felony charges according to longstanding state laws in Idaho. Here are a few other actions you can do to assist the situation if you are ever involved in a car accident:
- Safely assist in the removal of vehicles so that they do not further obstruct traffic
- Contact local or Idaho state highway patrol for assistance
- Gather contact information of any potential witnesses to the accident
What to do Immediately After a Hit and Run Collision
If you are involved in a car accident and quickly realize the other driver is about to speed away without stopping there are a few things you can do immediately to prevent being left holding the proverbial liability bag. First and foremost, do not attempt to chase down the other driver. This is a dangerous mistake which will only make a bad situation worse. Instead you should try to do the following:
- Write down the color of the other vehicle, as well as its make and model
- Take a photo, if possible, of the other vehicle’s license plate
- Note the hit and run driver’s appearance, their gender, hair color, etc.
- Pay attention to the direction in which they escaped
This may sound like a lot to remember during a time of crisis like a car accident, so it might be best to simply grab your phone and start recording or taking photos. This is the best strategy for posterity’s sake. Once they have fled the scene, dial 911 and relay the information you have gathered to the authorities. Hopefully, they will be able to apprehend the other driver and you will be able to use the evidence you have gathered to make them pay for their recklessness.
The next step you should take is to gather any and all contact information of witnesses of the hit and run accident. Witnesses will prove invaluable to building your future injury and criminal claim against the person responsible for the hit and run accident. You should also take as many photos and videos of your injuries, damaged vehicle, and of the scene of the accident before your vehicle is towed away or you are attended to by an emergency medic.
If you are unable to identify the driver of the hit and run accident for whatever reason, you will unlikely be able to recover compensation from the person whom injured you. Hopefully, you had enough foresight to add Uninsured Motorist (UM) to your insurance policy. This type of coverage will help you cover your medical bills and other losses in the event of not only a hit and run accident but a collision with a motorist whom does not have insurance coverage on their vehicle.
If you do not have UM coverage on your auto policy, you should definitely contact your insurance provider today and add such coverage. More and more drivers hit the road without proper insurance on their vehicles every day, so it’s better to be prepared.
Idaho Civil Penalties for a Hit and Run Crash
Similar to most other types of car accidents, drivers at fault for a hit and run accident are responsible for compensating those they’ve injured for the following types of damage:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Wages lost due to recovery
- Property damage for their vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
If it is determined that the hit and run driver caused the death of another person they will have to provide compensation for any and all funeral expenses as well.
Speak With an Advocate About Your Hit and Run Accident
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, you will need a skilled car accident lawyer to make sure the person whom injured pays you maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. What you need is an Advocate on your side. More than any other law firm in Idaho, The Advocates have what it takes to not only hold those responsible for your accident accountable for their reckless actions, but to help you make the best recovery possible.
Since 1993, the attorneys with The Advocates have helped thousands of injury victims all over the United States recover what they are legally owed after their accidents. During your free consultation with one of our attorneys, we will accurately value your case, negotiate for the best possible settlement, and even take your case all the way to the courts if the insurance companies refuse to play fair. That’s our promise to you. Don’t wait to contact The Advocates today about your case. You can either call our office at (208) 995-2444, fill out the form below, or chat with a live attorney right this minute from our homepage. Find out what our law firm can do for your injury claim. You deserve an Advocate!