CT Hit and Run Accidents and What to Do
CT Hit and Run accidents are the result of one party causing damage to another party's property or person and leaving the scene before producing the proper driver documentation. A hit and run is a term used for the failure of a motorist to stop after an accident in which he is involved. It is also called leaving the scene of an accident, hit-skip, hit and run, and failure to render aid. Any person involved in an accident must provide information and render aid, if necessary. A hit and run is basically failure on the part of a driver to accept responsibility for their part in a motor accident. It is a serious offense. In 47 states it is considered a felony. In three states - Kentucky, Montana and Utah, it is a misdemeanor. A first time offender can if convicted will be required to pay the victim for damages done to the vehicle, either through his insurance company or in fines assessed by the authorities. In states where insurance points are assessed, the offender will be tacked a high number of points. If the accident cases injuries to another person, besides paying damages, the driver can lose his license and insurance. A hit and run accident can also result in the death of a person. In such cases, the driver will be guilty of a felony.
A victim of a hit and run accident can potentially recover damages for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, additional medical costs, the loss of any physical ability, any lost earnings or any diminished earning capacity. The claim for damages must be filed within a prescribed period known as the statute of limitation. The statute of limitation varies from state to state. But the biggest problem in most hit and run cases is that the driver and the vehicle are seldom identified. If the driver and the vehicle are identified, the claim can be easily filed against the driver. But if the driver is uninsured, then the victims will have to fall back on their own auto insurance policies.
Criminal prosecution requires identification of the driver of the hit and run vehicle. If the driver and the vehicle cannot be identified, the victims must once again fall back on their own auto insurance policies if they hope to collect benefits based on the uninsured and underinsured motorists' coverage they have purchased. Such victims must then seek damages under state laws and perhaps from a third party.
Richard P. Hastings is a personal injury lawyer with Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP, with offices throughout CT. He is the author of the books: "The Crash Course on Child Injury Claims" and "The Crash Course On Personal Injury Claims in Connecticut."