A car accident is stressful enough on its own. But when the other driver who caused it lacks the common decency to stick around and take responsibility, the stress is ratcheted up to a new level. If you were injured in a hit and run accident in Joliet, Illinois, a lawyer from The Kryder Law Group, LLC, may be able to help you recover compensation. Our Joliet hit and run accident lawyers will pursue a number of avenues to collect damages, including strategies to recover compensation if we cannot identify the driver who fled.
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, our auto collision attorneys have helped many hit and run accident victims in the Chicago area recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. We take the time to understand every complex facet of your case, and with that base of understanding, we can put together a plan to extract compensation from those who owe it to you. We never collect a fee until you get paid.
To speak with a member of The Kryder Law Group, LLC, team today, and receive a free Joliet hit and run case evaluation, call us.
Hit and Run Accident Laws in Illinois
According to Section 11-401 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, a driver who gets into an accident that injures or kills one or more persons must stop at the scene of the crash—or as close to the scene as safely possible—and remain at the crash site until adequate information has been collected and aid has been given to any injured parties. A driver who fails to comply with this rule is usually guilty of a class 4 felony.
If a driver for one reason or another does not remain at the scene of an accident with injuries or fatalities, they must, within 30 minutes of the accident, contact the police and report what happened, including the exact location and time of the crash as well as the suspected nature of the injuries that resulted. A driver who fails to stop at the scene and to report the accident within a half-hour window is guilty of a class 2 felony.
Leaving the scene of a traffic accident, in addition to being a felony, does not absolve a driver of responsibility for any injuries or property damage they caused in the crash. When they are identified and caught, they will still be held liable for damages—and perhaps at an even greater level, as by fleeing the scene and not reporting the accident, they exhibited additional negligence and potentially kept the injured parties from getting the timely care they needed.
After a Hit and Run Accident in Joliet, Illinois
If the hit and run driver who caused your accident is caught, your Joliet hit and run accident lawyer can use the fact that they fled the scene as compelling evidence of their negligence and culpability, even if the specifics of the accident itself are disputable or ambiguous. After all, if a driver did nothing wrong and had nothing to hide, why would they not stay on the scene as the law requires? Why flee and risk a felony conviction?
The sooner your lawyer can start investigating your case and gathering evidence, the better the chance of identifying the responsible driver and holding them liable. The police, obviously, will open their own investigation, but tracking down hit and run drivers is not always at the top of their priority list, especially in a metro area such as Chicago, where law enforcement has many complex issues to tackle.
After a hit and run accident, you should first get a medical exam. If you are more seriously injured than you realize, you want your doctor to diagnose it right away so they can prescribe treatment and you can recover. But there is another, equally important reason not to wait to get a medical exam after a car accident: If you have injuries related to the crash, a medical exam conducted immediately afterward offers evidence that the accident caused the injuries. By waiting days or weeks to get checked out, you leave the door open for the insurance company to question whether your injuries resulted from the accident or something else.
Recovering Damages After a Hit and Run Accident in Joliet
If you were not the at-fault driver in the accident, you should not be the one to foot the bill for your damages. You also should not have to deal with the higher premiums that invariably result from filing a claim with your own insurance company.
You may deserve compensation for the following and more:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If the identity of the other driver is unknown because they fled the scene, it can be challenging to hold the right party accountable. At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we have a diligent investigative staff that has had tremendous success with past clients in tracking down hit and run drivers and bringing them to justice.
If the driver is simply too elusive, however, we have a number of contingency plans that can help you collect the full damages you deserve without requiring you to dip into your own pocket or enter a higher insurance risk category.
And remember, we never collect a fee until you get paid the money you deserve.
The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for car accident lawsuits in Illinois is typically two years for bodily injury and five years for property damage. If need be, The Kryder Law Group, LLC, can file a quick lawsuit to keep the statute from expiring on your claim.
Call an Attorney for a Free Joliet Hit and Run Accident Case Evaluation
Our Joliet hit and run accident lawyers are ready to get to work for you today. We may be able to help you recover the money you deserve after a hit and run accident in Joliet. For a free case evaluation, call us today.