As a personal injury attorney, I am dedicated to protecting the rights of hit-and-run victims in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, and to helping them recover full and fair compensation. I work diligently in building the cases of clients and positioning them for a fair settlement. If such a settlement is not possible, then I and my clients are well-prepared to present our case to a jury to determine fault and liability. I seek to carefully maximize client recoveries through insurance, settlement, or trial.
Most drivers are forced to take responsibility for causing a car accident when there are witnesses. Others shirk liability intentionally or out of fear. Motorists cannot rely on negligent parties to stop and admit fault or leave an explanatory note at night.
Instead, hit-and-run victims are left to fend for themselves, paying out-of-pocket expenses they do not deserve. When the only way to recover compensation depends upon the identification and policy limit of at-fault drivers, victims face a serious loss. In addition to the cost of repairs, medical treatment, and lost work, they are personally liable for any damages caused by an unknown, uninsured, or underinsured motorist.
Many states require drivers to carry auto insurance protecting against liability for injury or death caused by an accident. Insurance policies generally cover not only the driver, but family members using the car. Insurance also protects victims by compensating them for injuries sustained in accidents that were not their fault. But few states have the means to force drivers to purchase insurance and drivers cannot assume that the party at fault is equally insured. Perpetrators who are later identified do not necessarily have an insurance policy that covers the loss. This prevents accident victims from recovering full compensation for their harm.
Like all accidents, hit-and-runs can cause severe harm. The aftermath of a crash may involve:
With the rising cost of emergency treatment and healthcare, few people can afford the expensive bills following a crash. Further, injured victims cannot work, leaving them further behind in debt. Disability caused by car accidents can financially destroy a family.
Massachusetts, like many other states, requires drivers to maintain auto insurance that protects them in the event that they sustain a hit-and-run accident. Drivers can also obtain uninsured and underinsured liability coverage from their insurance company. These types of policies allow victims to file a claim with their own insurance company for damages and loss.
In Massachusetts, drivers are required by law to have uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage of at least $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident for bodily injuries caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver. However, since these amounts do not go far in the event of severe injuries, drivers can obtain coverage in much higher amounts to protect themselves and their passengers.
If you were injured in an accident caused by an unknown, uninsured, or underinsured motorist, I can help you in seeking full and fair compensation for all of your injuries and pain and suffering. It’s important that you contact me as soon as possible after an accident so that you can understand your rights, and so that I can protect you from unscrupulous insurance companies that want to minimize any payouts to you.
Please call (978) 851-5145 for a free consultation or contact me through the form below.