Hit & Run
Accidents that involve a hit and run driver can be some of the most complicated situations that Boston residents face. This is especially true for pedestrians and bicyclists who are hit by a motorist who then flees the scene of the accident. With nobody to take responsibility for the damage, the victim is left with devastating medical bills, lost wages, and other associated costs. At the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, we have substantial experience dealing with hit and run accident cases. Boston car accident lawyer Barry Feinstein knows just how stressful this situation can seem, especially if you are also seriously injured. We will work tirelessly to make sure that you receive the compensation that you need to recover from your injuries.Special Issues Associated with Hit and Run Accidents
As seasoned injury attorneys, we are often asked whether it is worth it to pursue compensation after a hit and run accident. If the driver who caused the crash cannot be found, it creates challenges when it comes to bringing a lawsuit against him or her. Many hit and run accidents happen because the driver was intoxicated behind the wheel, did not have insurance, had a suspended driver’s license, or was currently involved in a criminal matter. Massachusetts law makes it illegal to leave the scene of an accident, but some drivers panic and flee the scene because they are terrified of the consequences. This is especially true for teenagers who are worried about the repercussions of the accident. People engaged in aggressive driving or foreign nationals who are not lawfully in the U.S. are also more likely to leave the scene of an accident.
Someone who is convicted of a hit and run may face a prison sentence in addition to civil liability for the injuries. There are many advancements in technology that have improved the odds of finding the person who caused the accident to happen, including surveillance cameras, cell phones, and easier ways to locate witnesses.Asserting Your Right to Compensation from a Careless Driver
If a hit and run driver caused you to suffer injuries as a driver or passenger in an accident, and you are able to locate them, you can bring a personal injury action against them to recover for your damages. Otherwise, you likely can bring a claim against your insurer under the uninsured or underinsured motorist provision in your policy. In the lawsuit, you must show that the hit and run driver did not operate his or her vehicle with adequate care and skill. This standard encompasses the basic components of good driving and essentially mirrors the way that a reasonable and prudent person would drive. Common examples of driving activities that fall below the standard of care include texting while driving, talking on the phone, driving aggressively, tailgating, or failing to reduce driving speed when inclement weather or roadway hazards are present. It is also negligent to leave the scene of an accident, especially if you are the driver who caused the crash.
After showing that the defendant failed to drive with due care, your attorney must show that this failure was the cause of the injuries that you sustained. If the other driver or an insurer can show that some other factor was to blame, you may not be able to recover compensation, or you may recover a reduced amount. As a victim of a hit and run accident, you can seek compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and non-economic damages like pain and suffering.Explore Your Options with a Car Accident Attorney in Boston
If you were struck by a hit and run driver, there is no need to navigate this process on your own. We have the skills and experience that it takes to try to track down the driver who caused your injuries. Attorney Barry Feinstein represents victims of car, truck, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents in cities such as Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 800.262.9200 or contact us online to get started.