Hit-and-run accidents can be not only damaging and deadly, but they are also considered to be criminal offenses, as Illinois state law mandates that drivers who hit another vehicle or a person stop at the scene of the accident and either leave their contact information or wait for police to arrive. In fact, should a hit-and-run accident in Illinois result in serious injuries or death, the responsible driver can be charged with a Class 4 to a Class 1 felony can face between 3 and 15 years in prison.
Holding Hit-and-Run Drivers Liable for Victims’ Injuries
Criminal charges aside, when it comes to filing a civil lawsuit against a hit-and-run driver, the first step in the case will be trying to identify and locate the driver. While the drivers in some hit-and-run accidents are never found, in many cases, these drivers can be identified and found through the help of witnesses and possibly even surveillance footage (from nearby traffic cameras or cameras for local businesses). In the event that a hit-and-run driver can be identified and located, victims of the accident can try to obtain compensation for their injuries and losses by working with an experienced attorney to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company.
However, if the hit-and-run driver is never identified, cannot be located or ends up being uninsured (or underinsured), the accident victims’ best bet for secure compensation for his injuries, property damage, lost wages and mental anguish will be by working with a skilled attorney to file a claim with his own insurance company (permitting the fact that the victim has coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers).
At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon car accident lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life. If you or a loved one has sustained any type of injury due to a hit-and-run accident, contact us by calling (800)-553-3125 for a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.