What to do if injured in a hit-and-run in Maryland

A car accident is nerve wrecking by itself, but what happens when the driver at fault flees the scene? Thankfully, you may seek restitution with a personal injury claim.

This type of claim requires having the right proof and following procedure. To make your claim valid and to seek the best possible outcome, you should take a few steps.

Follow protocol

The DMV provides a breakdown of the proper protocol after an accident in Maryland. Both drivers should pull over, assess the damage, administer help, contact the authorities, and exchange information. However, in the case of a hit and run, some of these tasks are not possible to complete. Therefore, remaining parties should make sure they are in a safe place and contact the authorities.

Collect evidence

Depending on the severity of the injury, it may not be possible to do anything at the moment. However, if those involved can move around, it is beneficial to collect as much evidence as possible. If there are any witnesses, the driver should take their contact information and statements, if time allows.

File a claim

If by chance the driver or a witness caught the license plate number of the fleeing driver, it may be possible to bring a claim against the actual responsible party. Being that it is illegal to flee the scene, the individual would face additional charges. However, in most cases, this is not possible. Thankfully, there is another option. In the state of Maryland, when a driver commits a hit-and-run, the accident is treated as an uninsured motorist case. Similar to when a driver is uninsured or underinsured, in a hit-and-run, the injured party cannot collect enough compensation from the driver. Therefore, the party may file a UIM against their own insurance.

If you or a loved one suffers injuries from a hit-and-run accident, make sure you understand what the process entails. It may be beneficial to speak with a knowledgeable attorney and see what options are available.

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