In 2019, 13 percent of the total vehicle collisions in Indiana were hit-and-runs. If you were involved in a hit-and-run, you may believe you are unable to recover compensation for your losses. However, this is not true. There are a variety of options available to help you achieve civil recourse. Our team has compiled some fast facts about hit-and-run accidents in Indiana to help you understand your options.
Punishments for Hit-and-Run
In Indiana, the laws for hit-and-runs are strict and can leave the driver who committed this action facing both criminal and civil liability. Any person who engages in a hit-and-run is charged with a misdemeanor if the other person sustains an injury. This can be considered a felony if the accused has been convicted of a similar crime in the last five years. It is also considered a felony offense if someone is killed or catastrophically injured in the commission of a hit-and-run. This also applies if the incident occurs while the driver is driving drunk. The hit-and-run driver may face time behind bars for more than one charge and may serve back-to-back sentences.
What are the Options for Compensation?
How can one be compensated if in a hit-and-run accident? If you were able to locate the defendant, you could file a claim against them to recover compensation. Gathering evidence, such as nearby witnesses, photography and video of the damage, and photos of the driver of the other vehicle could help you identify the defendant. In the event the driver is not located, you may need to look to your own auto insurance coverage to cover your losses.
Contact An Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been in a hit-and-run accident recently and seeking professional consultation, contact an attorney today at Yosha Law Firm. Our well-practiced team has experience handling a variety of car accident cases and could help you recover the damages you or your loved ones are owed. Contact us today to learn more!