Were you recently struck by a driver who decided to leave the scene before the police arrived? If so, the hit and run accident attorneys at William G. Kolodner P.A. have the skills and experience to help you recover the compensation you need to pay for your medical bills and other expenses.
How Our Baltimore Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You Pursue Compensation After a Hit and Run
AtWilliam G. Kolodner P.A., we believe that people who get into car crashes should always be adequately compensated – even if the other driver leaves the scene of the accident. When you hire our Baltimore personal injury lawyers to help you fight for financial compensation, we will:
Provide You with Sound Legal Advice and Guidance
The process of recovering financial compensation after a hit and run crash in the state of Maryland can be quite complex and confusing. As you work your way through it, you are all but certain to encounter a multitude of scenarios that you aren’t quite sure how to handle.
Fortunately, when you enlist the services of William G. Kolodner P.A., you won’t need to figure out the Maryland civil justice system on your own. Our knowledgeable attorneys will be by your side at all times to provide you with the legal advice and guidance you need to keep your case moving in the right direction.
Search for Evidence to Help Your Case
After your hit and run accident, you will almost certainly need to prove that the other party behaved negligently and caused you to suffer an injury. The best way to do this is by collecting evidence like:
- The police report
- Your medical records
- Witness statements
- Traffic camera footage
With our Baltimore law firm on your side, you won’t need to locate these evidentiary materials alone. Our lawyers will be more than happy to assist you with your search.
Negotiate with the Relevant Insurance Company
Once you have presented your evidence to the relevant insurance company, they may reach out to offer you a settlement. Of course, you are under no obligation to accept their initial proposal. It may make more sense to try to negotiate better terms.
Our legal team has been negotiating settlements with Maryland insurance companies for years. As such, we understand what they need to see and hear before they will loosen their purse strings and offer more favorable terms. When you hire us, we will work tirelessly to try to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
Would you like to have one of our attorneys help you file a personal injury claim after your hit and run accident? Then please pick up the phone and give us a call at your earliest convenience. We are always available to assist our friends and neighbors in Baltimore, MD.
Why Do Drivers Flee the Scene of Car Accidents?
Leaving the scene of a car accident is a criminal offense in the state of Maryland. Despite this fact, thousands of drivers do just that every year. Most of those who decide to flee do so for one of the following reasons:
- The vehicle they are driving is stolen
- The vehicle they are driving belongs to their employer
- They are in the United States illegally
- They are transporting illegal drugs
- They are drunk and do not want to face a DUI charge
- They do not have a valid car insurance policy
- They do not have a valid driver’s license
- They have an outstanding warrant for their arrest
- They have unpaid tickets
- They panicked
No matter why the hit and run driver who caused your injury chose to flee the scene, you can count on the attorneys at William G. Kolodner P.A., in Baltimore to help you fight for compensation. Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first steps on your legal journey.
Recovering Compensation After a Hit and Run Accident in Baltimore
Fighting for compensation after a hit and run collision in the state of Maryland can be a somewhat complicated affair. The process that victims must use depends almost entirely on whether or not the police were able to identify and locate the driver who left the scene:
Recovering Compensation When the Fleeing Driver is Caught
When a hit and run accident occurs in Baltimore, law enforcement officers quickly begin searching for the at-fault driver. They do so by:
- Reviewing traffic camera footage
- Asking witnesses if they saw a license plate number, and
- Analyze physical evidence at the scene
If their efforts to locate the hit and run driver are successful, they typically take them into custody and charge them with a criminal offense.
By making such an arrest, the police also make it possible for the victim of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. Once such a suit has been filed, the plaintiff and their lawyer can begin negotiating a settlement deal with the defendant’s insurer.
If the two parties cannot agree to an amicable settlement, the case typically goes to a county court, where a judge decides how much (if any) compensation the plaintiff ought to receive.
Recovering Compensation When the Fleeing Driver is Not Caught
Unfortunately, it is not at all unusual for law enforcement officers to fail to catch fleeing drivers after hit and run accidents in Baltimore. Luckily, when this scenario occurs, victims may still be able to recover compensation.
In the state of Maryland, all drivers must carry uninsured motorist coverage on their auto insurance policy with the following minimum limits:
- $30,000 of coverage for bodily injuries per person
- $60,000 of coverage for bodily injuries per accident
- $15,000 of coverage for property damage per accident
When a hit and run accident occurs, and the police cannot find the at-fault driver, victims can use this coverage to retrieve the funds they need to pay their bills.
Of course, insurance companies don’t always make it easy for their policyholders to recover compensation. As part of their efforts to maximize profits, they often deny and delay valid claims. Injured parties who wish to reduce their odds of dealing with this issue would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced attorney.
Do you need help fighting for financial compensation after a hit and run accident in the City of Baltimore? If so, please contact William G. Kolodner P.A., as soon as possible.
Common Injuries Sustained in Baltimore Hit and Run Accidents
When the residents of Baltimore get into hit and run accidents, they can suffer some devastating, life-altering injuries. If there is nobody left on the scene to call 911, it can take paramedics an unnecessarily long time to arrive and begin treating the victims. This delay in care has the potential to make already terrible injuries even worse.
A brief list of some of the most common injuries sustained by the victims of hit and run accidents in Baltimore would include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Degloving injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Fractured bones
- Eye injuries
Were you recently involved in an accident with a hit and run driver? If so, the attorneys at William G. Kolodner P.A., in Baltimore may be able to help you recover the compensation you need to cover your medical bills and property damage. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options.
Statute of Limitations for Maryland Hit and Run Lawsuits
The standard statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in the state of Maryland is three years. As such, individuals who wish to file suit against the hit and run driver who caused their injuries must do so before the third anniversary of their accident. Victims who miss this deadline may lose their right to compensation.
Of course, not all battles for compensation after Maryland hit and run crashes involve personal injury lawsuits. If law enforcement officers cannot identify the hit and run driver, the victim may file an uninsured motorist claim instead.
Fortunately, the statute of limitations for insurance complaints in the state of Maryland is also three years. Policyholders must generally file suit before the third anniversary of the date they knew or should have known they had a claim against their insurer.
Do you need a skilled attorney to help you file a personal injury suit or insurance complaint? Then please do not hesitate to call William G. Kolodner P.A. We are always ready, willing, and able to assist.
Baltimore’s Premier Hit and Run Accidents Law Firm
When the people of Baltimore need someone to help them fight for compensation after a hit and run accident, they know they can rely on William G. Kolodner P.A. Our lawyers have the skill, experience, and expertise needed to handle almost any case – no matter how complex it may be. If you would like to have us stand up for you, please give us a call or send us a message online.