Rhode Island Hit and Run Accident Lawyers
Suffering an injury in a car crash is bad enough on its own, but imagine if the accident is someone else’s fault and that person is nowhere to be found.
Unfortunately, that is the reality for far too many of Rhode Island and Massachusetts’ injured motorists and their passengers. Hit-and-run drivers are a real problem in our states, as well as nationwide, and they certainly complicate matters from a standpoint of financial recovery.
There is hope, though.
At the outset, it is important that everyone driving in Rhode Island and Massachusetts understand that it is always illegal to leave the scene of an accident before law enforcement has arrived. Even if you think the damage is minimal or that an officer’s attention is unnecessary, it is your legal duty to report the accident and await an officer’s arrival. Failure to do so is a serious crime.
Car crash victims are generally entitled to recover financial compensation for their personal injuries and property damage. Often, that means filing a lawsuit against the at-fault drivers and their insurers. However, if you don’t know who those drivers are, pursuing justice becomes a lot harder.
At Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we understand how frustrating, disturbing, and discouraging it can be to suffer injury in a hit and run. We know that victims often immediately fear that they will be stuck with enormous medical bills and have no one to hold accountable for them.
It is our belief that no one can embrace that burden entirely on his or her own, nor should they have to. Fortunately, even when police aren’t able to find the hit-and-run driver, there are strategies available to ensure that your rights are still respected.
Our Rhode Island hit and run accident lawyers have years of experience in handling these difficult cases. Often, we find ourselves representing you against your own insurance company, insisting that they step up to the plate and protect you in the way they promised they would. Our job is to defend your rights and maximize your compensation, even when the at-fault driver can’t be found, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Why Do People Hit and Run?
Even though it is illegal to hit and run, at-fault drivers do it all the time. Innocent drivers are often stunned to see the car that hit them speed away from the scene. It happens more often than you would expect. If that has happened to you, it isn’t your fault, and you aren’t alone.
Common explanations given for a hit and run include:
- Driving without car insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Possession of illegal substances, evidence, or contraband in the vehicle
- Driving without a license (or otherwise in violation of the law)
- Underage driver
- Driver was doing something illegal or is wanted for arrest
- Undocumented immigrants in fear of discovery by law enforcement
- Driver is in an urgent hurry or emergency situation
- Driver did not realize there was an accident (rare)
- Fear that they will be held liable for hefty legal and medical fees
What Happens After a Hit and Run?
If the police are able to find the hit-and-run driver before or during the course of litigation, we can pursue compensation directly from that person and his or her auto insurance company. In the event that the driver was uninsured or underinsured, we can explore various options for compensation, including uninsured motorist coverage, which may be included in your own auto insurance policy.
(We urge all drivers to call their insurers as soon as possible and confirm that they have uninsured motorist coverage. If you don’t have it, ask for it — it is usually very affordable.)
If the driver isn’t caught, you may still be able to apply your own insurance company’s uninsured motorist coverage and/or personal injury coverage. Sadly, your insurance company is likely to resist any claim you file, but with our experienced Rhode Island hit and run accident lawyers on your side, you can stand up for yourself on equal footing.
Additionally, third parties — including vehicle manufacturers, state and local governments, and other drivers — may share in the liability for your injuries. We can work with experts in the field to investigate your accident and uncover every potential source of liability.
Injured? Call Our Massachusetts & Rhode Island Hit and Run Accident Lawyers.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a hit and run accident anywhere in the states of Massachusetts or Rhode Island, our experienced and aggressive legal team can help. We are here to shoulder this incredibly difficult and exasperating burden for you.
When you work with us, you always get our Bottaro Law Firm “No Fee Guarantee,” which ensures you will not incur any upfront costs or fees unless our firm wins in your case.
Please contact us as soon as possible to set up a free consultation with our Massachusetts or Rhode Island hit and run accident lawyers. Our offices are available throughout both states for your convenience.