Hit & Run Accidents
GETTING YOU FAIR COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES
When you are involved in an accident that is caused by another’s negligence, it can be traumatic. It is even more traumatic when the at-fault driver flees the scene and leaves you to fend for yourself. This is illegal, and those who commit such a crime should be held responsible through criminal charges and civil litigation. If you have been injured by a hit & run driver, the Las Vegas attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson have over 60 years of experience representing victims of these types of accidents.
WHAT SHOULD OCCUR AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?
When an auto accident occurs, all drivers have certain duties they must perform. The very first duty is that the drivers must remain at the scene. Then if anyone was injured in the accident, an uninjured driver should alert emergency services. If no one was injured, it is still necessary for those involved in the accident to exchange contact and insurance information.
Regardless of who was at fault for the accident, if someone fails to remain at the scene and help injured victims or exchange information, that person is considered a hit-and-run driver. Attempting to leave the scene can result in a hit-and-run charge, even if the person trying to flee is unsuccessful.
If the hit-and-run driver is successful in fleeing the scene and are not caught by the police, then an injured victim can seek compensation from his or her own insurance company. Based on uninsured motorist coverage, an insurance company will stand in place of the unidentified driver and pay the damages.
WHAT ARE PUNITIVE DAMAGES?
Punitive damages are a special type of compensation that are used to punishment an at-fault driver. It is usually a large amount of money that must be paid by someone who intentionally or recklessly causes harm. When someone fails to stop and help at the scene of an accident, particularly one with serious injuries, the court may order that person to pay punitive damages as punishment for this behavior. This special type of punishment is meant to show others what happens when people act in this inexcusable manner. Punitive damages are given on top of other damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost income.
CONTACT A LAS VEGAS HIT AND RUN ATTORNEY TODAY!
While hit-and-run cases may seem black and white, they can be extremely complicated. No matter what type of personal injury case you are facing, it is best to move forward with a skilled and experienced hit and run attorney by your side like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas. We will help you build a solid case and seek the maximum amount of damages we can recover.
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