Have you or a loved one been injured by a hit-and-run driver in St. Louis? Unfortunately, many Missourians are injured in hit-and-run accidents each year. A serious hit-and-run accident is a traumatic event. You may be unable to work and feel angry and frustrated at the situation and unsure where to turn. Even if you cannot identify the driver who struck you in the hit-and-run accident, you may still have viable options for seeking compensation to help with your medical bills and other expenses. You may be entitled to make a claim through the uninsured motorist coverage on your own auto liability insurance policy.
The car accident attorneys at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber represent the victims of hit-and-run drivers. Whether your accident involved a car collision, truck accident or motorcycle crash, our attorneys have the experience to guide you through the process of seeking compensation after a hit-and-run accident. If you have been injured by a hit-and-run driver in St. Louis, you should take advantage of a free consultation with an experienced St. Louis hit-and-run attorney at Sansone, Sumner & Lauber.
A hit-and-run accident is an accident in which a driver intentionally fails to stop and provide his or her name, driver’s license and insurance information as required by law, after hitting another car or truck, bicyclist, or pedestrian. Missouri law requires that any individual who is involved in a crash causing personal injury or significant property damage must stop in a safe place, render aid to anyone who is injured and provide contact information and insurance information.
You also may be the victim of a hit-and-run accident if a driver swerved suddenly into your lane and forced you off the road —even if the vehicles did not make contact. The driver who forced you off the road may be a hit-and-run driver.
If you have been struck by a hit-and-run driver in St. Louis, you should try to get the license plate and description of the car that collided with you if possible. Hit-and-run accidents happen quickly so getting a good description of the make and model of the car and the license plate number is sometimes difficult.
Contact a knowledgeable hit-and-run attorney to discuss your legal rights after a hit-and-run accident. Even if there are no witnesses, surveillance video cameras may have captured the accident on tape. An investigation by an experienced personal injury attorney may find video evidence of the accident to identify the hit-and-run driver.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a potentially serious criminal offense in Missouri. A driver who drives off without stopping after being involved in an accident may be charged with a criminal misdemeanor or a felony, depending of the specific details of the accident. A hit-and-run driver may be charged with a Class D felony, according to Missouri Statute §577.060, under any of the following conditions: