Many people injured in car accident, whether in another vehicle, a pedestrian, or on a bicycle, may not be aware that uninsured motorist will cover their damages if the at-fault driver flees the scene. While uninsured motorist obviously covers you if the other driver fails to maintain mandatory liability insurance, or if they fail to carry enough insurance to pay all of your damages, it will also cover you in a hit and run auto accident.
Regardless of whether the at fault driver who flees the scene is ever caught by police, your coverage under uninsured motorist will cover all of the typical damages that you can recover in an auto accident claim including: medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It seems that Rhode Island has had a flurry of hit and run accidents in recent weeks including the terrible story of Earlene Sally and Nikia Phillips, the mother and daughter who were seriously and permanently injured by a driver who fled the scene. The driver accused of hitting the two women with his car and fleeing the scene has been charged with two counts of driving under the influence – serious injury resulting, and other counts.
My office has handled many auto accidents including hit and run accidents. If you were a pedestrian, cyclist, or other driver who was struck and seriously injured by another person who fled the scene, contact my office right away for a free initial consultation.