Hit-and-run car crashes can be one of the worst types of accidents because not only did the hit-and-run driver cause injury and damage to others, but they also fled the scene like a coward
leaving victims hurt and sometimes in critical condition. At the Law Office of Adrian Murati, our Rockford personal injury firm works with private investigators to help you identify the
hit-and-run driver and make a claim against their insurance company for your medical bills, lost wages from time missed at work while recovering, and pain and suffering. If we cannot identify the
hit-and-run driver, then we have the option of pursuing uninsured motorist coverage under your own insurance policy. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to discuss your hit-and-run car accident with a
Rockford injury lawyer.
Illinois law on hit-and-run car crashes is contained in Section 11-403 of the Illinois Vehicle Code which states:
Duty to give information and render aid.
driver of any vehicle involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall give the driver's
name, address, registration number and owner of the vehicle the driver is operating and shall upon request and if available exhibit such driver's license to the person struck or the driver or
occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with and shall render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying or the making of arrangements for
the carrying of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment, if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such carrying is requested by the
If none of the persons entitled to information pursuant to this Section is in condition to receive and understand such information and no police officer is present, such
driver after rendering reasonable assistance shall forthwith report such motor vehicle accident at the nearest office of a duly authorized police authority, disclosing the information required by
Any person failing to comply with this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Under Illinois law, any driver who is involved in a motor vehicle accident must stop their vehicle and make sure the other driver is not hurt. If the other driver is hurt, they must either call
911 and request an ambulance or drive them to the nearest hospital.
Finding the hit-and-run driver is important so that we can make a claim for your bodily injuries against that driver’s insurance company. Our firm works with private investigators to help
identity the hit-and-run driver. We start by gathering any important information you may remember including:
Model of the car;
- Make of the car;
- Color of the car;
- Any physical descriptions of the car (for example, if the car had a racing stripe painted on it or if the car looked like it was old and in poor condition);
- License plate state (to determine if it was an Illinois driver or out-of-state driver);
- License plate number (even if you only remember or saw a partial plate);
- Any physical descriptions of the driver (for example, if you saw the driver and were able to identify them as a middle-aged, heavy-set, male); and
- Details of the collision (such as, what part of the other driver’s car hit yours).
We investigate the scene of the accident and determine whether any nearby businesses with video surveillance cameras caught the collision on tape. We also follow-up with the police to see if
their investigation has led to any valuable information or leads. Additionally, if we have sufficient details of the hit-and-run driver, we will send in a request to the Illinois Secretary of
State to see if their database has any information on the driver.
When you hire the Law Office of Adrian Murati to represent you or a loved one for a hit-and-run auto accident, you can rest assured that we will thoroughly investigate the accident.
If we are unable to identify the hit-and-run driver, we can still make a claim for uninsured motorist coverage under your insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage, usually referred to as UM
coverage, protects drivers injured in hit-and-run accidents by providing insurance coverage if the other driver cannot be identified. UM coverage is mandatory in Illinois so as long as you have
an auto insurance policy then you have UM coverage.
The procedures for bringing an uninsured motorist claim are contained in section 143a of the Illinois Insurance Code. Unlike a normal personal injury case which may proceed to court, if we are
unable to reach a settlement with the insurance company then the case goes to arbitration. Instead of a judge, there will be three arbitrators: one picked by us, one picked by the insurance
company, and one picked by those two arbitrators.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your own insurance carrier has your best interest in mind. They don’t care that you’re their customer; they only care about paying you the least amount of
money so they can maximize their profits.
Don’t let the reckless actions of a hit-and-run driver leave you with piling medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages from missing work. If you or a loved one have been injured by a
hit-and-run motorist, call us at (815) 289-3209 to discuss your case with a Rockford personal injury attorney.