There is no average settlement for hit-and-run car accidents due to the following factors:
- Every car accident involves unique costs and losses.
- Negligent hit-and-run drivers may or may not be identified by the police.
- The outcomes of many hit-and-run cases are confidential.
All of these factors make it impossible to give a single settlement figure for a hit-and-run accident. However, even if the at-fault driver is never identified, you may still have options for seeking compensation after your accident.
Options for Seeking Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Accident
The unfortunate reality of a hit-and-run accident is that the driver may not be located after they flee the scene of the crash. If this is your situation, we can help you with the process of seeking compensation through your own insurance company.
You could consider filing a claim through your:
- Medical payment coverage
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage
- Collision coverage
If the Driver is Found
Of course, your case becomes a different story if the driver is located by the police after the accident. A host of other legal actions are then on the table:
- The driver may face criminal charges.
- You could file a lawsuit against them and seek damages through that avenue.
Depending on the damages involved in the accident, the driver could face felony charges, per NRS §484E.010.
While a criminal case is separate from a personal injury case, the existence of misdemeanor or felony charges against the other driver can be used to supplement your case.
How Much Compensation Can You Get from a Hit-and-Run Accident?
How much you could seek depends on the insurance coverage you have (if the driver is never found).
If you purchased additional insurance coverage, such as uninsured motorist coverage, you may be able to use these policies to help you recover additional losses. We can check your policy and scour for opportunities to seek payment from your provider.
If you know who the at-fault driver is, then the option to file a lawsuit is on the table—and if the driver has assets, you could seek a number of damages, such as pain and suffering.
If You End Up Filing a Lawsuit Against the At-Fault Driver
When and if the driver is found, the following could happen:
- You could file an insurance claim with the negligent driver’s policy.
- If a full, fair settlement can’t be reached through negotiations, we can go to court.
- Before the case goes to trial, the insurer may turn around and make a fair offer.
- If we go to court, we will represent you and see your case through to its conclusion.
Filing a lawsuit can take time, however, and we want you to receive the money you need sooner rather than later. We will file suit if it is necessary for your best possible results.
According to NRS §11.190(4)(e), we would need to file suit within two years of the accident. However, this deadline could be extended because the other driver fled the scene of the crash. We recommend speaking to someone from our team as soon as possible for this very reason.
How We Can Help You After a Hit-and-Run Accident
It can be very challenging to handle your own case when you are also dealing with the aftermath of a hit-and-run collision. We are prepared to help you with every aspect of your case, including:
Determining What You Can Seek Through Your Insurance Policy
Auto insurance policies can be confusing—especially in hit-and-run cases. We can help you figure out what your policy covers and seek every dollar available to you in your case.
Proving the Extent of Your Injuries and Losses
We can gather compelling evidence of how you were hurt, including the impact that the accident had on your life and job.
Representing You in an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit
Going back and forth with an insurance adjuster or presenting your case before a jury can be exhausting, especially on top of your injuries. You don’t have to handle any of these legal details—we can handle them for you.
What Your First Call will Entail
We will listen to your situation and explain your options for free during an initial consultation. From there, we don’t require any attorney’s fees in order to proceed. We only collect payment if we win your case.
During your call, you can ask us:
- The average settlement for hit-and-run cases similar to yours
- What forms of compensation may be available to you through an insurance claim or lawsuit
- How we can represent you in the next steps of your case
Call the Attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson Now
We will fight for you through every step. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and we will do everything we can to seek justice for you. Call (702) 633-3333 to get started and learn more today.