How To Make A Claim For A Hit And Run

In this guide, we will provide information on the process of making a hit and run claim.  All road users have a duty of care to do everything they reasonably can to prevent one another from experiencing harm in a road traffic accident. However, in some cases, they may fail to do so resulting in you sustaining an injury. In this instance, a claim could be made for the pain and suffering you experienced.

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A guide to making a hit and run claim

However, in some road traffic accidents, the liable person may leave the scene of the accident before exchanging details. In these instances, you could make your claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB provides those involved in an accident with an uninsured or untraceable driver a way to seek compensation.

We will explore the process of making a claim through the MIB in more detail throughout our guide. Furthermore, this guide will look at the benefits of hiring an experienced solicitor to help you through the different stages of making a claim. 

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  • Calling us on 0800 408 7825
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    1. How Do Hit And Run Claims Work?
    2. How To Claim If The Driver Is Untraceable
    3. Claiming For Damage To Your Vehicle Through Your Own Insurance
    4. How A Solicitor Could Help With Your Hit And Run Claim
    5. Calculate My Hit And Run Claim
    6. Talk To A No Win No Fee Solicitor

How Do Hit And Run Claims Work? 

As per Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, a driver has a duty to stop and report an accident where injury or damage is caused to a vehicle or person.

However, in some cases, they may fail to do so which could lead to them facing certain consequences. Additionally, it could put the other party involved in the accident in a difficult position. For instance, they may have been seriously injured and unable to call for medical help.

There are various road users who could be affected by a hit and run accident, including:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Motorcyclists
  • Car occupant

Additionally, the accidents could vary in severity. In some cases, they could cause minor injuries but in others, they could result in a fatal accident.

However, if you have been in a road traffic accident where a driver has left the scene without exchanging details, call our team.

A helpful advisor can assess whether you’re eligible to make a hit and run claim. They can also provide further guidance on the process of making this type of claim through the MIB.

Whether you were involved in a hit and run pedestrian accident, a cycling crash or other type of accident, our team could help.

Hit And Run Statistics

According to a report on hit and run casualties, it was found that there were around 4,945 total hit and run incidents in London during 2015. Additionally, the report found that there were:

  • 11 fatal incidents
  • 287 serious incidents
  • 4,647 slight incidents

Please note, the above figures only relate to incidents that took place in the London area. For that reason, the figures for hit and run incidents may be a lot higher.

How To Claim If The Driver Is Untraceable

The process of making a hit and run claim differs from other types of road traffic accident claims.

When you’re involved in a hit and run accident, the road user responsible is often an untraced driver, meaning you don’t have the information you need to make your claim directly against them.

In these instances, you could make your claim through the MIB instead. This allows you to still seek compensation for the pain and suffering your injuries have caused and any additional financial expenses incurred as a result of your injuries.

Claiming Through The Motor Insurers Bureau

The MIB provides claimants involved in accidents with untraceable or uninsured drivers with a way to seek compensation for the harm they have sustained.

They consider claims for damage to vehicles and property as well as any injuries that have been sustained.

A claim could be made through the MIB if compensation can’t be claimed in another way, such as directly against the defendant.

What Can I Do To Support My Hit And Run Claim?

There are certain steps you can take to support your hit and run claim, such as:

  • Report the accident to the police within 24 hours of the accident occurring if it caused damage or injury.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company.
  • Gather contact details of any witnesses.
  • Take photographs of any damage to your vehicle.
  • Take pictures of your injuries.
  • Obtain other footage of the accident, such as CCTV or dashcam footage.

Additionally, you should seek medical attention to ensure you receive the correct treatment for any injuries you sustained.

Furthermore, details of any treatment or diagnosis you do receive can be used as evidence to support your claim.

This could be in the form of medical records or an independent medical report. This will be produced from a medical appointment you may be invited to attend as part of the claims process.

If you choose to hire a solicitor, they can arrange for you to attend this appointment in your local area. For more information, please get in touch with a member of our team on the number above.

Claiming For Damage To Your Vehicle Through Your Own Insurance

In some cases, the MIB recommend that you claim for any vehicle damage through your insurance to avoid delays in vehicle repairs. Although, it’s not always necessary for you to do this and you can claim compensation for both vehicle damage and any injuries through the MIB, provided the accident happened before the 1st August 2015.

However, in some cases, you may be required to claim for vehicle damage through your insurance. For instance, if you have comprehensive insurance damage and your accident happened on or after 1st August 2015, the MIB wouldn’t award compensation for damage to your vehicle.

If you choose to hire a solicitor, they can help you through the process of seeking compensation for both your injuries and other damage. For more information on this, please get in touch with our team on the number above.

How A Solicitor Could Help With Your Hit And Run Claim

We understand that the process of claiming through the MIB may seem complex. For that reason, you may benefit from seeking legal representation from a solicitor who has experience handling claims for a hit and run incident.

All of the solicitors on our panel have experience with these types of claims. They also have experience helping claimants gather relevant evidence to support their case.

A solicitor from our panel could also represent your claim on a No Win No Fee basis which means you don’t have to pay upfront for the services they offer.

For more information on how a solicitor from our panel could help with your hit and run claim through the MIB, please get in touch on the details above.

Calculate My Hit And Run Claim

It can be difficult to provide an average compensation amount awarded following a successful hit and run claim because each case is assessed individually. 

Generally, though, you could receive compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries and compensation for financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries.

The exact amount you receive for each will depend on several factors. We have provided further information on this in the sections below.

General Damages

General damages aim to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of any physical or psychological damage

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is a publication with a list of various injuries and corresponding bracket compensation amounts. It may be used to help value your injuries alongside medical evidence.

Medical reports can provide details on the nature of your injuries, including the level of severity and the impact they may have had on your quality of life. Additionally, the future implications of your injuries on your quality of life may also be considered when looking at your medical report.

The figures in the table are from the JCG but as several factors will affect the amount you’re awarded for your injuries, you should only use the figures as a guide.

Injury Additional Details Amount
Brain Damage(a) Very Severe: The person may have some ability to follow basic orders but will have no or little meaningful response to their environment. Other factors will affect the compensation awarded.£264,650 to £379,100
Leg Injuries(c) Less serious: (ii) A simple femur fracture that doesn't result in damage to the articular surfaces. £8,550 to £13,210
Back Injuries(a) Severe: (i) Injuries might include those to the spinal cord and nerve roots. £85,470 to £151,070
Neck Injuries(b) Moderate: (i) This bracket might include fractures or dislocations that cause severe symptoms to appear immediately.£23,460 to £36,120
Hand Injuries(b) Damage to both hands that is serious in nature.£52,310 to £79,360
Shoulder Injuries(a) Severe: Examples might include a neck injury with brachial plexus damage.£18,020 to £45,070
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(c) Moderate: This bracket will cover cases where the person has mostly recovered with some continuing symptoms that aren't hugely disabling. £7,680 to £21,730
Knee Injuries(b) Moderate: (i) Examples might include dislocations and a cartilage that has been torn.£13,920 to £24,580
Arm Injuries(d) A forearm fracture that isn't complicated.£6,190 to £18,020
Foot Injuries (a) Where both feet have been amputated.£158,970 to £189,110

If your injuries are not in the table above, you could get in touch with our team of advisors who could assess your claim for free. 

Special Damages

Special damages are the head of your hit and run claim that awards compensation for the financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries. 

Examples of special damages could include:

Please be aware that you need to provide relevant evidence in support of your claim. This could include payslips that provide details on your loss of earnings or receipts that show other costs that you may have incurred.

For more information on the costs you could claim back as part of your personal injury claim, please get in touch with our team on the number above.

Talk To A No Win No Fee Solicitor

Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could represent your hit and run claim without requiring an upfront fee. They also won’t require you to pay any fees while your claim is ongoing.

However, it’s important to be aware that if your claim succeeds, a success fee will be deducted from your compensation.

This is taken as a legally capped percentage. However, your solicitor will make you aware of how the fee works before they begin working on your claim. If your claim fails, no success fee will be taken.

As you can see, there are several benefits to making a claim with solicitors who work on this basis. If you’d like to find out more about how you could work with a solicitor from our panel, our team could help.

Alternatively, they could provide more information on how to claim compensation.

Either way, an advisor will be happy to answer your queries so please get in touch on the details below: 

  • Telephone: 0800 408 7825
  • Online form: Fill out our online contact form with your query and an advisor will get back to you. 
  • Live chat: Use our live chat to get instant advice from an advisor.

No Win No Fee Road Accident Claim Resources

  • See the Highway Code to learn more about the penalties in place for drivers who fail to stop after an accident.
  • For additional road traffic accident statistics, visit the government website.
  • Visit the NHS website if you require any medical advice following an accident that has caused you to sustain an injury.
  • See our guide on cycling accidents to find out whether you’re eligible to seek compensation.
  • For more information on making a claim following a passenger injury, read our guide.
  • Learn more about hiring car accident lawyers to represent your claim in our helpful guide.

We hope this guide on how to make a hit and run claim has helped. For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team on the number above.