Welcome to our guide on how to claim hit and run compensation. If you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident due to another road user’s negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.
A car accident could leave you with injuries of varying severities. If you could prove that the accident was the fault of another party, you could be owed compensation. It is important to note that you could only make a personal injury claim if you were injured as a result of the hit and run incident.
Sometimes, when a car accident occurs, the driver at fault may leave the scene without providing their contact or insurance details. Normally, in a road traffic accident claim, the at-fault driver would be held liable for any injuries, and their insurance provider would be required to pay you compensation. However, this may be difficult if you cannot trace the driver or they are uninsured.
Read on to find out how you might still be able to claim hit and run compensation for a car accident caused by negligence involving an untraced or uninsured driver. You can get in touch with our team of advisors at any time if you have any further queries. They can provide free legal advice about your case and may be able to pass you on to a solicitor from our panel.
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- What Are Hit And Run Accidents?
- What Should You Do After A Hit And Run Accident?
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- How Hit And Run Compensation Solicitors Could Help You
If an accident occurs on the roads, both parties must stop their cars if property damage or injury has been caused. This is so that the relevant details can be exchanged. In some cases, however, the other driver might not have compulsory third party insurance.
Where you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident, or where the other driver is uninsured, and you may be concerned about how you could claim. It is still possible to claim hit and run compensation in this situation; keep reading to learn how.
Penalties For Driving Offences
The Sentencing Council outlines the different penalties a person could face if they were at fault in a hit and run accident. Generally, the penalty depends on the level of culpability and the extent of any damage caused.
There are three categories of offence used for these prosecutions. These are:
- Category 1. Greater harm and higher culpability
- Category 2. Lower culpability and greater harm or higher culpability and lesser harm
- Category 3. Lesser harm and lower culpability
The Sentencing Council may judge a person to have higher culpability if they:
- Did not stop in a situation where a breath, blood or urine sample would have been requested if they had
- Failed to stop as they were avoiding arrest for another offence
- Fled the scene as they knew or suspected they had caused personal injury
- Gave false details
Harm is demonstrated by causing injury and/or significant damage. It’s possible a person could face fines, community orders and custodial sentences if they are found guilting of fleeing a hit and run accident scene.
If you’ve been harmed in a hit and run accident, the first thing we recommend is seeking medical help. You may need to ring 999 or find your nearest emergency service for more severe injuries. For mild injuries, you may prefer to call 111, visit your GP or attend a walk-in centre.
Once you have received medical attention for your injuries, you should report the incident to the police. They should assist you in searching for the driver who hit you, who you could then claim against directly if they have valid insurance.
You could also begin gathering evidence to support your claim. You do not need to hire a solicitor to do this, but we recommend that you do. They will have the experience to know what evidence will be best to support your hit and run compensation claim. This could include:
- Medical reports
- The contact details of any witnesses so a statement can later be taken
- A police report
- CCTV footage
- Photographs of the scene of the accident, or of your injuries
However, this list is not exhaustive. Your claim may be supported by another form of evidence, and a personal injury solicitor from our panel might be able to advise you on this. Get in touch with our advisors today to find out more.
This section aims to answer the question of how you might claim hit and run compensation if the driver was untraced or uninsured. You could make this type of claim through the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB).
The MIB aims to compensate people if they have been involved in a road traffic accident but have been unable to locate the driver at fault or if the driver at fault had no insurance.
During your application to claim through the MIB, they will ask you for any supporting evidence documents you may have collated. This is because they need to confirm that you’re entitled to receive compensation before paying you.
During this, they could:
- Confirm the identities of those involved
- Obtain independent reports from engineers or witnesses
- Seek a police report
- Contact other bodies, such as your insurer or the DVLA
- Request medical reports from any medical professional you visited after your accident
- Arrange an independent medical appointment for you to assess your injuries – the findings of this will be collated into a report which will also be used as evidence
They may also request other documentation from you, depending on the circumstances. For more information about how MIB investigations work, call our team of advisors today.
If you’re making a claim through the MIB for a personal injury and damages, they may also offer help with your rehabilitation. They could offer to arrange treatment for your injuries.
Call our advisors today to find out more about how the MIB could help you recover from your injuries.
This section includes a compensation table of possible injuries related to hit and run accidents. These figures are calculated from previous case studies, which means they are not guaranteed. The amounts are listed in the Judicial College Guidelines.
This document is used to help value the general damages element of a personal injury claim. General damages aim to compensate for the suffering caused by your injuries.
|Arm||(d)||£6,190 to £18,020||Simple fracture of the forearm.|
|Head||Minor||£2,070 to £11,980||This will be judged on the extent of the original injury, and any lasting symptoms. Brain damage will have been minimal, if present at all.|
|Neck||Moderate (i)||£23,460 to £36,120||Fractures or dislocations that caused immediate and severe symptoms. Or serious soft tissue injuries to the neck and back combined. Markedly impaired function or a risk of further issues.|
|Leg||Very Serious||£51,460 to £85,600||Multiple fractures that take years to heal and require extensive treatment. Injuries have led to permanent mobility issues, serious deformity and a limitation of movement.|
|Back||Severe (iii)||£36,390 to £65,440||Fractures or lesions of the discs or vertebral bodies. Soft tissue injuries that lead to chronic conditions with lasting and severe discomfort and pain. Related impaired agility and sexual function.|
|Foot||Serious||£23,460 to £36,790||Injuries within this bracket will lead to continuing pain, prolonged treatment and the risk of surgery.|
|Cheekbones||(i)||£9,570 to £14,810||Serious fractures that require surgery but will still cause lasting consequences such as disfigurement.|
|Teeth||(iii)||£2,070 to £3,710||The serious damage to, or loss of, one front tooth.|
|Face||(b)||£13,970 to £22,470||Mutiple fractures of facial bones that result in some sort of permanent facial deformity.|
Special damages may also be included in a personal injury claim. This aims to compensate you for specific financial losses incurred as a result of your accident or injuries. You could also claim for potential financial loss in the future. This could include:
- Loss of earnings
- Travel expenses
- Medical treatments not covered by the NHS
- Adaptions to the home or independence aids if a disability requires it
To claim this as part of your compensation, you need to provide evidence that your losses were a direct result of your accident. For example, you could show receipts for a wheelchair or bank statements for lost wages.
Our advisors can help you assess how much compensation you could be entitled to. For free legal advice, get in touch with us today.
If you’ve been in a car accident where the at-fault driver has fled the scene, you could be entitled to hit and run compensation. But you may be holding back from starting a claim if you have concerns about funding the work of a solicitor.
A No Win No Fee agreement could benefit you. This means you will not be required to pay out of pocket upfront or ongoing costs to your solicitor. Another benefit is that if your claim does not succeed, you won’t be required to pay your solicitor for their work.
Your solicitor will take a success fee from your compensation if your claim is successful. They will only deduct this once your compensation is fully paid; furthermore, the fee is legally capped. The legal cap means you get to keep the majority of your compensation.
Hopefully, this eases your mind about funding the work of a solicitor. Hiring the right solicitor could be the difference between failure and success in your hit and run compensation claim. So why not get in touch with Public Interest Lawyers today?
Our team of advisors can offer free legal advice and could also pass you on to a solicitor from our panel who could help you. To get in touch, you can:
Thank you for reading our guide about hit and run compensation claims. We hope you found it helpful. For more relevant resources, please see below.
How To Successfully Claim Car Accident Compensation – Read our guide here to find out how to claim compensation after a car accident successfully.
Will the New Whiplash Claim Rules Affect My Claim? – Find out more about the Whiplash Reform Programme rules and how they may affect your claim.
Compensation Payout for a Fractured Neck – Learn how much you could claim if an accident has left you with a fractured neck.
Whiplash – The NHS guide to whiplash and how this may affect people.
Compensation for Victims of Uninsured or Hit and Run Drivers – This Government page provides support for victims of hit and runs.
Guide to Making a Claim – The MIB’s extensive guide on how to claim through them.
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