Police Looking for Vehicle Involved in Chicago Hit and Run
When a person is involved in a car accident, they must follow certain steps afterward. For example, they must always stop and remain at the crash scene. Even if they think nobody is hurt, they must stop and exchange information. Otherwise, they could face hit and run charges, which can be serious.
A woman was injured in a hit and run crash on the evening of December 29. The 65-year-old woman was walking along the 7900 block of South Cottage Avenue in Chicago when she was hit by a car. The woman suffered critical injuries in the crash.
The vehicle fled the accident scene. Surveillance footage describes the vehicle as a silver Honda CRV, model year 2011-2015. It has four doors and may have front-end damage. It was last seen heading west on 81st Street.
Collecting Damages in a Hit and Run
Hit and run accidents present some challenges in terms of recovering compensation, since the person who caused the accident is no longer at the accident scene. If the driver is later found by police or they turn themselves in, then the victim can recover compensation from the driver’s insurance company. They can also recover punitive damages because the driver was acting recklessly by not stopping at the accident scene.
However, in many cases, the driver is never found. The victim can still file a claim for compensation, as long as they have uninsured motorist insurance. This type of insurance provides compensation for damages caused by drivers who have little or no insurance. It also covers hit and run accidents, since no insurance information is available.
In these cases, the victim can file a claim with their insurance company. The insurer then pays for damages based on the coverage available.
Fleeing an accident scene is also a crime. A person can face a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the damages. If the victim was seriously injured or killed, a person can face felony charges, which can include penalties such as fines and jail time.
A civil case and criminal case are two separate cases. Either can occur without the other. However, if a person is facing criminal charges, that can bolster their civil case. The evidence in the criminal case can be used in a civil case. This means that the civil case may be put on hold while the criminal case is in progress. However, a criminal conviction can make a civil action resolved more quickly.
Contact a Chicago Hit and Run Lawyer Today
If you were involved in a hit and run crash, you may be battling with your insurance company over compensation. Don’t settle for less compensation than you deserve.
If you were a victim of a hit and run accident, seek legal help from the Chicago hit and run accident lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, LTD. We can examine your insurance policy and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to receive. Schedule a free consultation today. Fill out the online request form or call 312-800-0000.