St. Louis Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys
Holding Reckless Drivers Accountable for Fleeing the Scene
If you have been involved in an auto collision in which the other driver has fled the scene, then that accident is classified as a hit and run. This includes cases in which the driver stopped but left before providing their contact information. St. Louis drivers are required by state law to remain at the scene of an accident to exchange information with the other driver and render any aid that may be necessary. Failure to do so is punishable as a crime.
Highly Experienced, Local Lawyers
At Meyerkord & Kurth, we advocate for victims of hit-and-run accidents. Our personal injury attorneys know how devastating these cases are, especially since they leave the victim in a lurch—either with property damage, a serious injury, or the loss of a loved one. We will work to bring you justice and secure compensation.
Our team gives each case individualized attention, and each client one-on-one counsel and representation. We have over 95 years of experience, during which time we have cultivated a legacy of success. When you need help, turn to the law firm trusted by clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.
Call Meyerkord & Kurth at (800) 391-4318 for a free consultation with a St. Louis hit-and-run accident lawyer.
When Can You Sue for a Hit and Run?
Unfortunately, any traffic collision can turn into a hit and run. All it takes is for one party to leave the scene. Often, they do so to avoid criminal charges or because of sheer panic.
Common examples of hit-and-run accidents over which you can sue include:
- Auto accidents where a driver flees without thinking
- Drunk driving accidents where the driver flees the scene in order to avoid an arrest for DWI
- Bicycle accidents where the bicyclist is directly struck by a vehicle
- Bicycle accidents where the bicyclist is forced into an accident by the driving maneuvers of a motorist
- Accidents involving being run off the road, even if there is no actual contact
- Pedestrian accidents, such as where a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle
- Motorcycle accidents, including accidents in which the motorcyclist is the victim as well as those in which they are the perpetrator
Meyerkord & Kurth takes on a variety of hit-and-run claims. If you were the victim of a hit and run, you likely have a right to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, missed time from work, and more. The challenge will likely be figuring out where to get that compensation from.
Pursuing Compensation as a Hit-and-Run Victim
In a regular traffic accident, the victim has the right to file a claim for damages with the driver's insurance company. In the aftermath of a hit and run, however, the at-fault driver would have to be identified for this to happen. This can be a tricky proposition, even if the driver is identified later by the police. Insurance companies will often try to deny claims, delay payment, or offer a much lower settlement than what the claimant's injuries call for.
It is important to contact a hit-and-run accident attorney if you have been injured or bereaved, as we can provide the experience and skill necessary to negotiate with the insurance company. We can even take the case to court, if necessary, to fight for the compensation you deserve.
What If the Hit-and-Run Driver Is Never Identified?
If the hit-and-run driver is never identified, there may be the option to recover compensation through your own uninsured motorist coverage. Most drivers have this coverage under their general auto insurance policy. Similarly, pedestrians struck by hit-and-run drivers may be entitled to compensation through their health insurance. It all depends on the specific circumstances of the case.
Get Experienced Legal Help for Your Hit-and-Run Claim
Though the person responsible for your hit-and-run accident may be unreachable, you still have a chance of obtaining compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Meyerkord & Kurth has handled countless injury cases, and our St. Louis hit-and-run accident lawyers share decades of experience. We can investigate the accident for evidence of who is at fault, and we will work diligently to help you hold the driver accountable for causing your injuries.
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