Missouri Hit-And-Run Trucking Accident Attorney
Hit-And-Run Truck Collision
Leaving the scene of any auto accident is a serious crime. This law applies to truck drivers as well. Truck drivers could face serious consequences in the aftermath of an accident. If they drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, they could face jail time and lose their job. If they are determined to have been driving recklessly, they could lose their commercial driver's license and lose their livelihood. So, in the aftermath of a serious collision, there is a lot at stake for truck drivers. This may also just be the reason why truck drivers flee the scene of a crash. However, it is no excuse for abandoning injured victims and failing to take responsibility for one's actions.
Missouri Hit-And-Run Law
According to Missouri Law 577.060.1: "A person commits the crime of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident when being the operator or driver of a vehicle…and knowing that an injury has been caused to a person or damage has been caused to property, due to his culpability or to accident, he leaves the place of the injury, damage or accident without stopping." Drivers in Missouri must stop at the scene of an injury accident and wait until authorities arrive. They must also exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident and most importantly, make an attempt to obtain assistance for the injured victims.
Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Everyone in Missouri who has an adequate insurance policy has a minimum Uninsured Motorist Coverage of $25,000. This coverage helps when a driver is injured by a motorist who does not have insurance. It also applies to cases involving a hit-and-run driver. When the at-fault party is not found, an injured victim may approach his or her own insurance carrier to recover losses.
Compensation for Victims of Hit-And-Run Accidents
Uninsured motorist coverage may compensate an injured victim for all losses suffered in a hit-and-run truck accident. All cases are different.
To understand what forms of compensation are available to you, it is in your best interest to call an experienced St. Louis hit and run truck accident lawyer. Losses that are typically covered by uninsured motorist insurance benefits include:
- Current medical expenses: Emergency room visits, surgeries and medications related to the accident should all be considered in an injury claim.
- Future medical bills: Serious injuries often result in return visits to the hospital and other forms of extended therapy and treatment.
- Time away from work: The wages a victim loses by missing work with an injury should be compensated by a successful claim. When someone suffers a long-term injury, the compensation should reflect the expected length of time it will take to heal.
- Pain and suffering: Some serious injuries result in a lifetime of pain and suffering. A judge may assign a monetary value to the injuries you have sustained in a crash.
What to do Following a Hit-And-Run Collision
There are steps you can take to increase your chances of successfully filing for compensation:
- Write down the details of the accident and what you can remember
- Exchange information with anyone who may have witnessed the crash
- Call the police and make sure your side of the story is in the report
- Seek medical attention for your injuries immediately
- Call an experienced attorney
St. Louis truck accident attorneys at Page Law will carefully review the details of your case to determine who was at fault and how much compensation may be available to you. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run in Missouri, please remember that you have legal rights. Call our offices today for a free and comprehensive consultation.