Hit-and-Run Accidents

Lake County Hit and Run Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence in Lake County, you can hold them accountable and seek compensation from them for your losses – if you know who they are. Sadly – and illegally – too many drivers shirk their moral and legal responsibilities after an accident and leave the scene, escaping behind injuries and loss of life. When that happens, victims may believe that they are on their own and out of luck, with the person who caused them such pain and grief able to escape responsibility for their actions. Lake County hit and run lawyer, Kirk Moyer, understands the frustration, confusion, and anger felt by hit-and-run victims. As an attorney, Kirk knows how to obtain compensation for them even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

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Over 20 years ago, Kirk, a Lake County car accident lawyer, made it his mission to get injury victims the help and resources they need and the justice they deserve. His tenacity, commitment, and skill have put millions of dollars in compensation into the pockets of clients in Lake County, Cook County, and Chicago.

Hit-and-Runs Happen More Often Than You May Think

Even though leaving the scene of an accident is both wrong and illegal here in Illinois and in every other state, hit-and-run accidents are all too common.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

  • At least one hit-and-run crash happens every minute on America’s highways and roads.
  • There has been an average of 682,000 hit-and-run collisions each year since 2006.
  • 2,049 Americans were killed in hit-and-run accidents in 2016 – the highest number on record.
  • Hit-and-run fatalities in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent every year since 2009.
  • Illinois had the fifth-highest number of fatal hit-and-run accidents in 2016, with 69 people killed.

Why would someone leave the scene of an accident, where people may be severely injured or clinging to life? Sometimes, a drunk driver will flee rather than face the possibility of a DUI arrest. An undocumented or uninsured driver may fear what will happen if they stay at the scene of the accident. Panic or disregard for human life may lead a driver to abandon those left behind.

What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident

The injuries, medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by a hit-and-run driver are no less real and no less compensable than those caused by a driver who stays at the scene. The difference comes later, when an injury victim tries to hold that unknown driver responsible for the damage they caused.

If you were hit in a car accident and law enforcement identifies and catches the driver, you can seek damages from the driver and their auto insurance company as in any other car accident lawsuit. When the driver remains at large and unknown, though, victims should take steps that can increase the chance of obtaining justice and compensation.

  • Try to identify the car and the driver. Even though you may be in shock or disoriented immediately after a crash, whatever information you can provide about the other vehicle or driver may help the police track the driver down. In Lake County and across Illinois, leaving the scene of an accident that results in severe injury or death is a serious crime. Police and prosecutors will want to find the perpetrator and put them behind bars. Whatever you can do to help them will ultimately help you.
  • Make a claim with your insurance company. Illinois drivers are required by law to carry uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. This coverage not only can provide you compensation if an uninsured or underinsured driver hurts you, but it may also cover losses caused in a hit-and-run accident in Lake County.
  • Contact a car accident attorney. You should hire an attorney for a hit and run for the following reasons. Even if you have UM coverage, your own insurance company may place roadblocks in your way. Your insurer is concerned about protecting their finances, not yours. It may try to deny coverage by claiming that the accident was your fault, or it may provide you with less compensation than you deserve. That is why you should always retain an experienced car accident lawyer to negotiate with the car insurer, even your own.

How much can you get from a hit and run lawsuit? 

A hit and run car accident victim can get, on average, a settlement of between $10,000 to $16 million or more. There are various legal options lawyers can take to win their clients the compensation they deserve. Discuss with your accident lawyer if you want to take steps to quickly settle your case or fight longer to get more settlement money.

Get the Compensation You Deserve. Get Lake County Leaving The Scene Lawyer Kirk Moyer On Your Side TODAY

Kirk’s experience, skill, and tenacity have resulted in a track record of success and the recovery of substantial damages for his hit-and-run accident clients in Lake County, Cook County, and Chicago.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, Kirk stands ready to help. Please give him a call at (312) 399-9983 to arrange for your FREE initial consultation.