If a driver in Illinois hits another car, a pedestrian, or another object with their car, the law prohibits them from leaving the scene of the accident under threat of felony charges. Unfortunately, this law does not keep people from leaving accidents they caused or were involved in. Leaving the scene of an accident can enhance the chances of severe injury or death to the victim of a hit and run who is in need of medical assistance.
If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, or someone you love has died in such an accident, you may be entitled to financial damages from the perpetrator. An experienced Illinois personal injury attorney may be able to help you act quickly and seek justice.
What Are Common Causes of Hit-and-Run Accidents in Illinois?
Most drivers would never leave the scene of an accident, especially if they were at fault. But people involved in hit-and-runs are often trying to hide something, which gives them the incentive to flee rather than face the consequences of their actions. Some of the things they may be trying to cover up include:
No driver’s license – If someone is driving with a suspended, revoked, or nonexistent driver’s license, they may try to run away from the scene of an accident.
No insurance – A lack of insurance makes many people afraid of the financial consequences of a car accident.
DUI – Driving under the influence carries serious legal penalties.
Fault – If someone caused an accident, they are more likely to flee the scene.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help With a Hit-and-Run Accident?
A personal injury attorney will use every tool at his or her disposal to help you get the compensation to which you are entitled. In addition to sound legal advice and aggressive representation, our attorneys can do the following:
Work with investigators to determine who is responsible for the accident and find out the identity of the person who drove away from the scene
Team up with car accident specialists who can reconstruct the accident and act as expert witnesses in a trial
Include medical professionals who can assess your injuries and their effect on the rest of your life, including loss of mobility
Speak with an Orland Park Personal Injury Attorney
The consequences of car accidents can be disastrous, leaving victims with permanent injuries or disfigurements. A driver at fault who attempts to flee the scene can make the situation even worse. If you or someone you love has been victimized in a hit-and-run car accident, a skilled Cook County personal injury lawyer with Schwartz Injury Law may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 708-226-9000 to schedule a free initial consultation.