Auto accidents of all kinds can result in significant, sometimes permanent injuries. Unfortunately, sometimes, after injuring another person, certain motorists will panic and drive away. This is known as a “hit-and-run accident.” If you recently sustained an injury in a hit & run accident, you’re most likely looking to hold the driver accountable and recover the compensation you need to get back on your feet again. Our legal team is here to help. Please read on and speak with our seasoned Washington D.C. auto accident lawyers to learn more about hit & run accidents and how our firm can help if you were injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Do I have a valid personal injury claim if I was hurt in a hit & run?
To start, the first and most important thing when it comes to injury claims is determining who was negligent. If a person crashed into you because they weren’t following the rules and regulations of the road, they are automatically responsible for the accident. That said, hit & run injury cases are more complex than standard personal injury cases, in that they also typically involve a criminal element. Not only is leaving the scene of an accident a crime, but in most cases, people only flee from accidents because they are guilty of another crime and don’t want to get caught. In most cases, people flee accident scenes because they’re either under the influence of alcohol, have warrants out for their arrest, or are driving with suspended driver’s licenses. For this reason, if you were hurt in a hit-and-run accident, you’ll need to hire a seasoned personal injury lawyer who understands both the criminal and civil aspects of the incident and who can effectively pursue the justice you deserve.
How long do I have to sue?
Here in Washington D.C., accident victims are required to sue the party responsible for their injuries within a certain timeframe. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is three years, which means that in most cases, you will only have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. Don’t make the mistake of waiting longer than three years, for if you do, you will permanently lose your right to sue. Our legal team is ready to help you today. Give us a call so we can get started working on your case.
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