Mobile, AL Car Accident Attorney – Hit & Run Accidents
In the moments immediately following an accident, you’re still feeling shaken and are trying to figure out whether the crash left you with injuries. You probably aren’t thinking about whether the other driver is going to flee the scene. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for Alabama drivers to flee the scene of an accident they caused through their reckless or careless driving.
If you’ve been hurt in a Mobile hit-and-run accident, there are ways for you to get the money you need to cover damage to your vehicle, as well as receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Get help seeking the compensation you deserve by contacting the experienced Mobile County personal injury lawyer Gary W. Fillingim for a consultation on your case.
You still have a right to compensation after a hit-and-run
In Alabama, it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident without stopping to exchange information with the other party involved. Not only can these at-fault drivers face criminal charges, they can also face civil penalties through a personal injury lawsuit.
While there are ways to search for drivers who flee the scene of an accident, you may not realize that there are ways for you to get paid even when the at-fault driver can’t be found. For instance, you can file a claim for an accident under your car insurance policy’s uninsured motorist coverage. However, proving these claims can be a challenge. Insurance carriers may require supporting evidence to prove that you did not cause your car’s damage yourself, or that the damage didn’t exist prior to the crash. Having an attorney represent you when making a claim for a hit-and-run accident can make all the difference. An attorney will know what sort of evidence to gather, when and how claims should be filed, and the amount you should expect to receive from your insurer.
Delaying your claim could make recovery impossible
Hit-and-run accident claims are highly time-sensitive. The sooner you speak with a lawyer about your case, the sooner a claim can be filed with insurers, and investigators can begin to search for the at-fault driver. Where the other driver is unavailable, evidence from the scene of an accident is critical to such claims. When accident victims delay in filing a claim, however, this allows time for eyewitness’ memories to fade, at-fault drivers’ vehicles to be repaired, and security camera footage to be erased. Additionally, insurers impose strict time limits on filing claims for uninsured or unknown motorist claims which, once passed, prevent you from recovering from your insurer at all. Contact Mobile car accident attorney Gary Fillingim right away to ensure your right to money damages is preserved.
Contact the Law Office of Gary W. Fillingim after a hit-and-run
For a free consultation on your hit-and-run claim, contact the experienced, knowledgeable, and effective Mobile car accident attorneys at the Law Office of Gary W. Fillingim, L.L.C. at 251-445-7257, or contact us online to schedule your consultation.