When an at-fault driver leaves an accident scene, it can complicate the claims process. A Madison hit-and-run accident attorney from the Morris Bart law firm can answer your questions and explain your compensation options. In some cases, the police can identify the driver. When they cannot, recovering the money you need can be challenging. However, our team understands how victims seek and secure damages in these cases.
You can talk to a Madison car accident lawyer from our team today for free. We provide complimentary case assessments for victims of hit-and-run drivers in Alabama. We will review the facts of your crash, insurance coverage, and other details to determine how to approach your case. We may be able to file an insurance claim and recover compensation on your behalf.
Morris Bart & Associates, LLC, Represent Victims of Madison Hit-and-Run Drivers
The personal injury attorneys from the Morris Bart law firm have the knowledge and experience you want when handing your case over to a lawyer. We have fought for our clients’ interests for more than 40 years. We know what it takes to recover fair and just compensation in a hit-and-run accident case. Overall, we won 5,600 cases in 2021 alone.
The Morris Bart law firm has 15 offices in four states, serving clients in all areas of
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. While we provide hometown legal services near you, we have the resources of a multistate firm that serves the entire Gulf South region.
Our attorneys work on contingency at the Morris Bart law office in Madison, AL. We do not ask our clients to pay anything upfront. We only charge fees after the case is over and if we recover awards for our clients. We receive a portion of the settlement or court award as attorney’s fees. We can answer your questions about this process during your free initial consultation.
For a free legal consultation with a Hit-and-Run Accident lawyer serving Madison, call 800-537-8185
Managing a Madison, AL, Hit-and-Run Accident Case
Sometimes, the police, an attorney from the Morris Bart law office, or a representative from your insurance company can identify the at-fault driver in your accident. This is possible because of eyewitnesses, video of the crash, or other evidence that points to them. When this occurs, we can file a case against them and proceed as we would in other car accident cases.
When we cannot identify the driver, an uninsured motorist claim is the next option. Many Alabama drivers carry uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division, all companies that sell auto liability policies in the state must offer it. Policyholders must reject it in writing if they want to opt out of the optional coverage.
When an unidentified driver causes your Madison collision, this policy kicks in and pays your damages. This coverage equals your liability policy, meaning you could have at least $25,000 to pay for your medical care and other expenses. If you buy more liability coverage, you will also have additional UM coverage.
Recovering Damages in a Madison, AL, Hit-and-Run Collision Case
Before recovering compensation for our clients hurt in Madison-area crashes, we must develop a strong case showing fault, liability, and the estimated settlement range. This is true even when filing a UM claim. We must show the other driver caused the crash, even if we do not know who they are.
We then document your expenses and losses, putting a fair value range on the case. This lets us know when the insurer provides a settlement offer that will pay for your damages up to the policy maximum. This includes:
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Future treatment and care
- Income losses
- Reduced ability to work and earn
- Property damages
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering losses
Alabama law allows for wrongful death damages under some circumstances. Per Ala. Code § 6-5-410, only punitive damages are available in these cases. This requires us to identify the liable party and build a strong case showing they acted willfully or with little regard for your loved one’s safety and that their actions caused the crash. A jury only awards these damages.
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Let Our Attorney Handle Your Madison Hit-and-Run Accident Claim
When we know the identity of the driver who caused your crash, we generally have two options to hold them legally responsible. This includes:
- An auto liability car accident claim and negotiated settlement
- Suing the liable party in the local civil court
Most lawsuits also end in a negotiated settlement, but this is not always true. Our trial lawyers can present your case to the judge and jury and fight for fair compensation, holding the driver accountable for their negligence in causing the crash and leaving the scene.
When we do not know the identity of the at-fault driver in your case, our attorney will still investigate what happened and gather evidence. However, this evidence will support an insurance claim based on your UM coverage. We will likely still need to demand fair compensation and negotiate with the insurer to secure justice for you.
Our team can protect your rights and ensure you understand your options for recovering fair compensation in a Madison hit-and-run crash. You can speak with one of our lawyers about your collision case today for free.
Discuss Your Madison Hit-and-Run Accident Case With Our Alabama Attorney
The Morris Bart law firm provides free case reviews for victims of hit-and-run crashes in Madison, AL. We can discuss your options for seeking compensation with you for free today. We will assess your case and insurance coverage to see if you have an uninsured motorist policy when necessary. This is generally how to recover compensation if we cannot identify the at-fault driver.
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