Articles Posted in Hit and Run Accidents

By :Douglas A. Petho

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Despite being often overlooked or undiagnosed, on average, approximately 1.7 million people are diagnosed as suffering a traumatic brain injury each year.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

By :Douglas A. Petho

Most people don’t look for a lawyer until they need a lawyer. Unexpected events such as automobile accidents, on-the-job accidents or other injuries lead many people to seek out the best attorney they can find to represent them. Although there is no shortage of attorneys, figuring out who to hire can be a challenge. Television advertisements and junk mail solicitations are certainly one way to decide. A better method would be to evaluate the qualifications of the attorney you are considering before signing any paperwork.

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By :Douglas A. Petho

A hit-and-run accident is an accident in which one or more vehicles involved leaves the scene without notifying the police or providing identification. For the victim of a hit-and-run driver, whether or not they will be compensated for personal injuries and/or property damages depends not only on the insurance coverage available but also on the facts of the accident itself.

The first type of the hit-and-run accident involves a situation where the at fault driver collides with another motorist, but the vehicle is later identified. In this scenario, if the at-fault vehicle or driver is covered under a liability insurance policy, a liability claim can be made. If there is liability insurance on the vehicle being operated by the hit-and-run driver, it would be primary. If the vehicle itself was not covered by liability insurance, then a determination must be made as to whether the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle was covered by a liability policy of their own. Claims made under either liability insurance policy would provide for recovery of damages for personal injury, property damages as well as punitive damages. If there is no available liability coverage, then an uninsured motorist claim can be made. a claim made under uninsured motorist coverage will pay for both personal injuries and property damages.

The second type of hit and run accident involves a situation where the at-fault driver collides with another motorist and leaves the scene but cannot be identified. If there is no way to identify the at-fault vehicle or driver, then a uninsured motorist claim can be made. However,North Carolina follows the “no contact rule”. As long as there is physical contact with the hit-and-run vehicle, a claim for personal injuries can be made. No claim can be made for property damages, such as damage to the vehicle. The apparent reason for this exclusion of property damage coverage is to prevent fraudulent hit-and-run claims in one car accidents where the driver is not purchased collision coverage.
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