Omaha, NE- Major cities such as Los Angeles are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of hit and run accidents, especially those involving fatalities and some state lawmakers are looking for solutions. Until that happens, you as the victim of a hit and run accident may be wondering what you can do.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that fatal hit and run accidents have consistently increased year over year. In 2009 there were 1,274 fatal hit and runs which increased to 1,449 in 2011.
The 13.7 percent increase in fatal hit-and-runs has come at a time when fatal accidents in general are on the decline. Sixty percent of these accidents involve the death of a pedestrian.
“The problem is bigger that I think most people are aware,” Peter Kissinger, president of AAA explained to USA Today. Kissinger also stated that primary reason drivers take off is intoxication. Drivers flee because they know that they will face a DUI charge which will only be compounded if they cause a death or injuries.
This is considered such a problem that lawmakers in California and Florida are proposing laws which they believe will help curtail these types of accidents. While drivers know it is illegal to leave the scene of the accident, they do it any way so these lawmakers believe that mandatory minimum jail sentences is one way to combat the problem. Other lawmakers want to extend the statute of limitations for hit and run drivers.
If you’ve been hit by a hit and run driver then you might not have been able to get that driver’s license plate before they took off. It’s also unlikely that that driver will ever be apprehended unless a witness has the information you were not unable to obtain and police can track that driver down.
Another reason people flee the scene of an accident is because they do not have insurance. Even if the driver is later identified, they may not have the necessary coverage to pay for your entire medical and repair costs. In this instance, an accident attorney can be instrumental in securing a settlement. The negligent driver may have to pay you over time which can be frustrating to the victim, but the driver is still being held accountable for their actions.
In case of property damage or personal injuries, you insurer may cover the resulting costs since most states require people to carry coverage for uninsured motorists. However, if you should encounter difficulty in getting the compensation you need, then you could use the advice of an attorney.
Regardless of the type of accident you have been involved in, you may find that you will benefit from the expertise and knowledge of an Omaha accident attorney. They are capable of assisting you will a range of services from building a strong court case to negotiating with an insurer for a generous injury settlement.

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