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Maryland Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer

Whenever a crash happens, all drivers involved are required to stay at the scene and exchange information, or to wait for the authorities to arrive. If one of the drivers leaves without doing this, he or she is committing a hit-and-run, which is a crime in Maryland.

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, you may feel like you are without recourse because the at-fault driver is unknown. However, the knowledgeable Maryland hit-and-run accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl may be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

We understand what you are going through, and we know that you may have bills piling up from hospital expenses and lost wages from missing work due to your injuries. If you hire our law firm to help you with your case, you will not have any costs or fees unless we are able to obtain compensation for your injuries and damages.

Our decades of experience and billions of dollars in compensation obtained for our clients proves our success. Contact us today for a free consultation to see how a personal injury attorney can help you.

Call now for a free case review with a Maryland hit-and-run accident lawyer: 410-244-7005

Why Do Hit-and-Run Crashes Happen?

When a car accident occurs and one of the drivers leaves the scene without stopping to check that everyone is OK or without sharing any information, it is usually because he or she does not want to be held accountable for the crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 19 percent of pedestrians killed on the roadways in 2015 were killed in hit-and-run crashes. The NHTSA also reports that, after decades of reductions in deaths in overall car accidents, fatal hit-and-run crashes have increased by more than 10 percent in recent years.

Often, a driver may flee the scene of a crash because he or she:

  • Is driving without a license
  • Is driving without car insurance
  • Was speeding or driving recklessly
  • Is trying to avoid the police
  • Is committing another criminal act
  • Wants to avoid getting more points on his or her license
  • Noticed that someone in the other vehicle or a pedestrian was likely injured

Technology has made it easier to discover the at-fault driver of a hit-and-run accident, and your Maryland hit-and-run accident lawyer can work with the police and other authorities to track down that driver and obtain justice. Contact us today to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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How Can the Hit-and-Run Driver Be Discovered?

In 2015, SB0086 CH0323 was signed into law and established a Yellow Alert Program to allow police statewide to rapidly share information specifically to capture hit-and-run drivers. The program has helped law enforcement find vehicles that left the scene of an accident involving serious injury or death.

In addition to this unique program, there are many ways that law enforcement and our car accident attorneys can work to identify and locate a hit-and-run driver, including:

Witness Accounts

If anyone saw the driver who fled the scene or noticed what type of vehicle he or she was driving, this information will be documented in the police report. Your Maryland hit-and-run accident lawyer can talk to the witnesses to gather further information about the driver and the vehicle.

Nearby Cameras

Cameras at intersections, at nearby businesses or from witnesses may have captured photos or videos of the crash or the at-fault driver’s vehicle. If the license plate was photographed, the driver will likely be easy for the police to discover. Your hit-and-run accident attorneys in Maryland will talk to the police and others who may have captured any video footage or photos of the incident.

Damage to the Car

A damaged vehicle is often an important clue in identifying a hit-and-run driver.

  • Paint may have been chipped or left behind as residue on the car it struck or on the road. Paint can be analyzed in a laboratory to narrow down the types of cars which have that type and color of paint.
  • The body shop fixing the at-fault driver’s car may notice damage that matches what police described and may report it.
  • The at-fault driver’s family or friends may notice the damaged vehicle and report it to police. This can happen especially if the driver has a history of criminal activity.

Phone Records

Thanks to satellite technology, police are able to use phone records to track the phone of a victim, criminal, missing person or anyone else. If a cellphone’s power is on and the phone is with its owner, a phone company can show police exactly where the phone went and at what time. Therefore, if police know who the at-fault driver is but not where he or she is located, the person’s phone may provide that information.

If the at-fault driver is identified, your Maryland hit-and-run accident lawyer will investigate all possible evidence to build a case on your behalf against the at-fault driver. If the driver cannot be found, we can help you review your own insurance policy to find out if you can file a claim with your own insurance to get the compensation you need. Contact us today so a caring member of our law team can get to work for you.

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How Can I Get Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Accident?

After a hit-and-run accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover many types of expenses incurred from the crash, including:

  • Emergency room care
  • Follow-up doctor visits
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medical equipment
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages

It is important to keep all of your medical records from the various treatments and medical attention you received as a result of the car crash. Your Maryland hit-and-run accident lawyer may hire medical professionals to further document your injuries, and we will then file a compensation claim on your behalf.

There may be several ways for you to obtain compensation for your injuries, including:

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage – If your car insurance policy includes uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries under this coverage. This type of coverage treats a hit-and-run accident the same way as being hit by a driver without insurance.
  • PIP Insurance – If you carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, you may file a claim to your own insurance company for PIP compensation to cover your medical bills. This can also help cover injuries of your passengers and lost wages.
  • Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund – If the at-fault driver is not found, this fund may be able to provide financial assistance for your medical bills after the crash if you have no other option for obtaining compensation.
  • At-Fault Driver’s Insurance – If the at-fault driver is found, your attorney will pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf.
  • Lawsuit Against the At-Fault Driver – If the at-fault driver is known, we would also discuss with you whether to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for further compensation for your losses.

Because our law firm charges no upfront fees, there is no risk to you to hire us to help you with your case. If we are not able to recover compensation to you, you owe us nothing.

Call us today at 410-244-7005 to talk to a
hit-and-run accident attorney in Maryland.

How Can a Lawyer Help Me?

The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl works strictly on personal injury cases, so we are deeply familiar with what our clients are going through after a hit-and-run crash. We know that your work may be suffering as a result of the crash, and you may be experiencing:

  • Bills piling up
  • Medical appointments filling your schedule
  • Missed work hours or days
  • Lost wages

That is why it is so important to hire a seasoned Maryland hit-and-run accident lawyer to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We will do the work for you while you get your life back on track.

We will negotiate with the insurance company for a fair amount of compensation for you, and we will settle for nothing less than what is entitled to you. If the insurance company is not willing to pay you the correct amount, we may consider filing a lawsuit to fight for your rights in court. Your Maryland hit-and-run accident attorney will work to help you obtain the maximum compensation owed to you for your injuries and losses.

Because we work on contingency only, our law firm charges absolutely no fees or costs unless we are able to get compensation for you. We offer a free consultation to review your case, and there is no obligation to you. Contact us now to get started.

Schedule a free consultation with a hit-and-run accident lawyer in Maryland: 410-244-7005.

Contact Our Lawyers for Help

Hit-and-run crashes can leave the victim feeling alone and confused, but we can take care of the details for you so you can get your life back to normal again. Our law firm has helped our clients obtain billions of dollars in compensation for their injuries, and we can help you recover what you are entitled to after your accident.

The skilled team at The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl is ready to discuss your legal options with you. One of our hit-and-run accident lawyers in Maryland can come to your home or the hospital to review your case, and he or she will help you fill out the paperwork and file your insurance claim on your behalf.

There is no risk and no obligation to you. Contact us today so we can get started on helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve.

Fill out our Free Case Evaluation form or call 410-244-7005 so we can review your claim.

Contact our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation if you have been injured by another’s negligence. You may be entitled to compensation.