Getting into a car accident can have a major impact on your life. You car may be damaged. You may suffer from traumatic injuries. You may even have to miss work. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, then you have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance.
But what happens if you are injured in a hit and run accident and cannot locate the responsible driver? Although you may not be able to seek compensation from the hit and run driver’s insurance, you can still find financial recovery for your injuries through your own uninsured motorist coverage.
In Wisconsin, it is illegal to flee the scene of a car crash. In fact, drivers involved in a car accident are legally required to stop their vehicles. Failing to stop after an accident could lead to criminal penalties ranging from misdemeanor to felony charges. In hit and run accidents involving injuries, criminal charges could result in mandatory jail time. Even with these harsh criminal penalties, hit and run accidents still occur every day throughout the state.
If you are injured in a hit and run accident, the first thing you should do is call law enforcement. Law enforcement officers who respond to the scene of the crash will help you receive any emergency medical attention you need following the accident. In addition, they will investigate what happened, write an accident report and attempt to find the driver responsible for the accident.
If police are able to identify the driver, then you may be able to recover compensation from the driver’s insurance policy. However, if the hit and run driver cannot be found, then it will be impossible to seek recovery from their insurance policy.
In the event that police cannot find the other driver, there are other sources of compensation for your injuries. In Wisconsin, all drivers are required to carry uninsured motorist coverage that would help cover medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering and other associated costs in the event that you are in a hit and run accident.
It is advisable to hire a Milwaukee personal injury attorney to represent your interests when filing a hit and run claim against your own insurance company. Although you have paid for your uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance company will do everything they can to limit the amount owed to you in the event of a hit and run accident. An experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney will investigate the facts of your case, request an accident report, collect medical reports and maximize your settlement.
If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, contact Natasha MIsra Law today to schedule a free consultation.
An accident report is an important document that is used to support your personal injury claim after a car accident. When an accident is reported, the law enforcement officer responding to the scene will usually prepare an accident report. The accident report contains crucial information relating to the officer's investigation of the accident. This information includes the name of the parties involved in the accident along with insurance information.
An accident report will provide comprehensive details about the accident. The responding law enforcement officer will usually prepare an accident report to document the investigation of the accident. The accident report usually contains information about who caused the accident, where the accident took place, what time of day the accident happened and other conditions. It also contains the names of the parties involved in the accident along with insurance information. If there are witnesses to the accident, the officer will usually include such information in the report as well. All of this information can be used by personal injury attorneys and insurance companies in the investigation of the accident.
An accident report also known as the "Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Crash Report" is available online through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for a small fee. Generally, a reportable accident may take up to 10 days and sometimes longer to appear on the government website. Non-reportable accidents, meaning accidents that do not involve injury, substantial property damage or damage to government property, are treated differently and will not be on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation portal and will usually require an in-person, mail or email request from the responding law enforcement agency.
If you were injured in a car accident in the City of Milwaukee, you can also search for your accident report using the Traffic Accident Lookup page on the Official Website of the City of Milwaukee. To request information about a non-reportable car accidents, you can send a mail or email request to the Milwaukee Police Department Open Records Section. If you cannot find your accident report after 10 business days, you can call the Milwaukee Police Department Open Records Section at (414) 935-7435 for further assistance.
When you are injured in an automobile accident, you require diligent representation that will fully investigate your case. Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Natasha Misra will help you obtain your accident report and use the accident report to support a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your injuries. Contact Natasha Misra Law today for a free consultation and speak with a Milwaukee car accident lawyer today.
My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.