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Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Madison County, IL

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in Madison County, IL. How do you hold a driver responsible and collect full compensation for your damages when you have been hurt in a hit and run crash? Call the Madison County, IL hit and run accident attorneys of Burger Law now at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online so that we can start fighting for you and getting you a great recovery for your Madison County, IL hit and run accident.

When a thoughtless driver purposefully breaks the rules of the road and injured you or a family member, it is common to feel appalled and outraged. It is particularly distressing when the negligent party will not take responsibility for their actions and flees the scene of the in a hit and run accident. You may be asking yourself who is going to compensate you for the damages to your property and you or your family member's injuries. The devoted, veteran and knowledgeable Madison County, IL hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law know how to hold dangerous and willfully irresponsible driver’s accountable. We will help you comprehend the situation and will fight by your side to maximize your compensation and put you on the path to recovery. Call us right away at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

In the United States in 2016, 2049 people were killed in hit and run crashes, which is 62 percent more than 2009. Of those who died, almost 65 percent of them were pedestrians or bicyclists, and approximately 20 percent of pedestrian deaths happen in hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident transpires every 43 seconds in the United States. Any injury stemming from a car accident can be traumatizing and cause life-long consequence or, in the worst cases, wrongful death. However, hit and run cases exacerbate your wounds as you may not find medical care right away, and you may not know who to trust or how to seek fair compensation for your injuries and damages. Our group of experienced and talented hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law have helped those harmed in hit and run accidents in the Madison County, IL area get great recoveries and understand how to maximize your compensation. When you contact us at (314) 500-HURT, we start working on your case straight away, and we do not collect any fees until we win your case.

If you have been harmed in a hit and run accident, use our personal injury calculator to see how much your damages may be worth.

Hit and Run Accident Attorneys: Understanding the Laws in Madison County, IL

If a motorist drives carelessly and harms you in a hit and run accident, they are not only liable for your injuries, they are guilty of breaking the law. In Missouri, fleeing the scene of an accident is against the law. When a driver causes or is involved in an accident, the law dictates that they must:

  • Remain at the crash site
  • Move their car if it may cause other drivers to crash, otherwise, wait for directions from police
  • Attend to anyone who is hurt
  • Call the Madison County, IL police
  • Use flares, reflectors, or flashlights if the accident happened at night or in bad weather
  • Trade contact info and insurance information with everybody involved
  • Stay at the crash site until a police officer tells them differently

Additionally, an accident report has to be filed if damages exceed $500 or the accident leads to injury or death.

Missouri Statute 577.060 classifies “leaving the scene of an accident" as a Class A Misdemeanor, which is the most serious misdemeanor offense and carries a maximum penalty of one year in a local jail and a fine of $2,000. However, leaving the scene turns into a Class E Felony if any of the following three conditions are met:

  1. Physical injury was caused by another party;
  2. Over $1,000 in damages was caused to another party’s property; or
  3. The defendant has previously left the scene of a hit and run accident.

A hit and run becomes a Class D Felony if the crash becomes fatal and leads to somebody’s death. While it is encouraging that we have laws discouraging hit and runs, a criminal conviction for the at-fault driver will not get you the recovery you are entitled to. They may be found responsible before the Madison County, IL criminal court, but you need skilled and committed hit and run accident attorneys like we have at Burger Law who will demand that you get the maximum recovery you need to heal. When you hire us, we start working on your case right away and do not let up. We do not charge any fees until we win your case and we will represent you aggressively to make sure the negligent party accepts full responsibility for their dangerous behavior.

Dos and Do Nots After Being in a Hit and Run Accident

While being in any accident is frightening and can leave you feeling helpless, it can be especially worrisome if the at fault party disregards the rules of the road and flees the accident site. The rules were enacted for a reason, and it is disheartening and frightening when someone breaks those rules and behaves carelessly and irresponsibly. The devoted and knowledgeable Madison County, IL hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law hold careless drivers responsible and win you the money you deserve. It is important to know what to do and what not to do directly following your accident, so you can increase your odds of getting the best possible compensation:

  • DO NOT flee the scene yourself. You may think the damages are too minor to want to deal with the nuisance, or you may be anxious that you are in some measure responsible. Leaving the location of an accident will make it much harder for you to be awarded compensation for your injuries, and, more importantly, it is against the law.
  • DO get medical care. Your first thought should be your health and safety and the health and safety of everybody else in your car or involved in the accident. If you or somebody else is injured, do your best to keep them in a stable condition and wait for Madison County, IL emergency services to come and give aid.
  • DO NOT wait to call the police. Missouri law requires you to call the police in any accident that results in over $500 worth of damages or leads to bodily injury or a fatality. Even if you are not certain what the degree of the damages or injuries are at that moment, having a police report will help a lot in making your case.
  • DO NOT follow the driver. After being hit by another auto in a hit and run accident, anger and outrage are typical reactions. You may want to follow the driver and find out who they are. That is Madison County, IL law enforcement’s job. Going on a wild goose chase not only puts yourself, other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at more risk, but it will hamper you from being able to get necessary information and may even make the police suspicious of you.
  • DO safely note what you are able to about the negligent driver and vehicle. To do so, you can:
    • Take photos. If you are not seriously injured and can use your phone before the car disappears from view, take as many pictures as you can. Even if you cannot get complete license plate number, just part of the license plate and/or the make, model and color of the car will be a great help in finding the driver. It is also useful to take pictures of any tire marks or other damage to the crash site.
    • Talk to witnesses. Other people at the accident site may have had a better view than you, or will be able to confirm your version of events. Be sure to get their contact information so a claims adjuster, police officer or Madison County, IL hit and run accident lawyer will be able to reach out to them later.
    • Write down everything you can. If you did not have time or the ability to take photos, anything you noticed about the other car or driver will be easier to remember immediately after the collision, and those details will still be incredibly useful to the police and your hit and run accident attorneys.
  • DO contact your Madison County, IL insurance company. In the event that the driver cannot be located, you will have to make an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company.
  • DO call Burger Law at (314) 500-HURT straight away. Our savvy and knowledgeable hit and run accident attorneys will assist in collecting evidence, including acquiring adjacent surveillance video and reaching out to witnesses for full depositions. We work with a network of Madison County, IL car accident experts who will be able to reconstruct the scene and prove exactly how the negligible party caused your injuries.

Here are some helpful links and frequently asked questions for hit and runs and other types of car accidents:

Hit and Run Cases in Missouri

The ideal scenario is that police and/or your hit and run accident attorneys will be able to find the liable driver that caused your injuries and hold them accountable for their careless behavior. In those cases, the aggressive and talented Madison County, IL hit and run accident lawyers at Burger Law will ensure you collect maximum compensation from the driver and their insurance company.

Uninsured Motorist Claims in Hit and Run Accidents

In Missouri, drivers must have uninsured motorist insurance. If you cannot find the anegligent driver after a hit and run accident, you and your hit and run accident attorneys will need to use this part of your policy to seek compensation from your own insurance company. In Madison County, IL, there are four criteria that are required to be met in order for you to make this claim:

  1. You sustained physical injuries
  2. You incurred the injuries because of an uninsured motorist, or in the case a motorist you cannot identify
  3. You are legally entitled to collect from the at-fault driver
  4. All other limits of applicable policies have been exhausted by payment or settlement

In these cases, your own Madison County, IL insurance company takes the place of the responsible party’s insurance company in order to compensate you for your injuries. However, like any insurance companies, they may still need convincing before they pay you. To have the best opportunity to receive full compensation from an uninsured motorist claim, you need veteran and talented Madison County, IL hit and run accident attorneys like those at Burger Law to fight for you. We have been challenging insurance companies and other bullies for decades, and will not relent until your own insurance company reimburses you for the money you have likely been paying into their policies for years.

Whether the at fault driver is located or not, the hit and run accident attorneys at Burger law will ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. When you get hurt because another driver broke the rules of the road, you are entitled to maximum compensation for all of damages you have experienced because of the accident, such as: your medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. No matter how severe your injuries, we insist that you are compensated for every dollar you deserve. If you or a loved one in Madison County, IL has been harmed in a hit and run accident, call Burger Law today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online.

Causes of Hit and Run Accidents

It is every driver’s legal and ethical duty to stay at the scene of an accident. When someone drives away from the scene of a hit and run accident, it is because they care more about the repercussions for themselves than any damage or harm their negligent behavior caused. There are many reasons the liable party might not want to take responsibility for their actions:

  • The driver does not have car insurance

    In Madison County, IL, not having adequate insurance can cause you to have your license suspended for up to a year, paying a $400 reinstatement fee, a $500 fine and/or up to 15 days in jail. "No insurance" tickets also remain on a Madison County, IL driver’s record.

  • The driver does not have a driver’s license, or has a suspended license

    This also carries crushing penalties and can be either a Class A misdemeanor or a Class E felony, depending on whether you have been discovered without a valid license before.

  • A drunk driver or a driver otherwise under the influence of drugs

    A DWI is a criminal charge that can also result in fines, jail time, and having your license revoked.

  • The driver may have a warrant out for their arrest

    It might not be surprising that people who already fear an interaction with law enforcement would risk breaking the law again to run away from an accident site.

  • Distracted driving

    Driving while not focusing on the road is reckless and dangerous. People can become distracted if they are texting, eating, looking at directions, dozing off or are just daydreaming.

  • Lack of potential witnesses or low lighting

    A driver may leave the scene of an accident simply because they think they can do so without any repercussions. Hit and run accidents are 4.5 times more likely to occur between midnight and 4AM, when there is low visibility and far fewer witnesses on the Madison County, IL streets or sidewalks.

  • A panicked driver

    Sometimes the driver has a clean record but simply leaves the accident because they are afraid and do not want to get in trouble. Sometimes, these drivers turn themselves in once they have calmed down.

While we cannot control what other drivers do behind the wheel, we can take some safety measures as both drivers and pedestrians. Try to avoid walking in areas with bad lighting at night, and when you are behind the wheel, never lose focus and never take for granted that leaving the scene of an accident is the best decision.

Whatever the reason a driver opts to leave the scene after causing a hit and run accident, they must have thought that the benefits of fleeing were greater than the cons. The Madison County, IL hit and run accident attorneys at Burger Law will hold them accountable and ensure they understand they were wrong. In our seventy years of experience as hit and run accident attorneys in Madison County, IL we have successfully litigated hit and run cases in many different situations. We insist on great compensation for all of our hit and run accident clients and will not let up until you are awarded the money you deserve to put you on the journey to healing. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT for a complimentary consultation and so we can get started on your case right away.

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If you or someone you care about experienced injuries in a Madison County, IL hit and run accident, you are probably feeling confused, livid, and overwhelmed. Injuries and their related costs can disrupt your life. Burger Law is here to help make you whole again. When you hire our team of Madison County, IL hit and run accident attorneys, we start working on your case and fighting on your behalf immediately. We insist that the responsible parties and their insurance companies are held accountable and we insist on getting you full compensation to aid you in your recovery. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free consultation to take the first step in getting your life back on track.

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