Birmingham Hit and Run Car Accident Lawyers
What To Do If You Are Injured in a Hit & Run
Fatal hit and run accidents are on the rise throughout the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of hit and run accidents is continuing to increase significantly. In 2009 the number of hit and run fatalities was 1,274. This rose to 1,393 in 2010 and again to 1,449 in 2011 (these are the most recent available statistics).
Just like every state throughout the U.S., Alabama has strict laws pertaining to hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident is defined as one in which a vehicle driver is involved in an accident with a pedestrian, another vehicle or a fixed object, and the driver flees the scene without identifying him or herself or assisting anyone other party who may need help. This is a serious criminal offense whether the driver caused the accident or not.
Penalties for Hit and Run in Alabama
In the Yellowhammer State, there are different penalties for hit and run crimes, depending on the nature of the car accident:
- Penalty for injury: This is a class C felony. The penalty is imprisonment for a minimum of 1 year and 1 day and a maximum of 10 years. There is also a possible fine of up to $15,000.
- Penalty for death: This is a class C felony. The penalty is imprisonment for a minimum of 1 year and 1 day and a maximum of 10 years. There is also a possible fine of up to $15,000.
- Penalty for damage to a vehicle either driven or attended by a person: This is a class A misdemeanor. The penalty is imprisonment for a maximum of 1 year. There is also a possible fine of up to $6,000.
- Penalty for striking an unattended vehicle: This is a class A misdemeanor. The penalty is imprisonment for a maximum of 1 year. There is also a possible fine of up to $6,000.
Why Do Drivers Flee the Scene of an Accident?
The American Bar Association list a number of reasons why a driver may hit and run:
- He/she is intoxicated.
- He/she is uninsured.
- He/she has no license or a suspended license.
- The car is stolen.
- He/she has outstanding tickets.
- He/she is transporting illegal items.
- He/she is in the country illegally.
- He/she is driving a company car and does not want the employer to find out.
When You Have Been Injured in a Hit and Run Accident in Birmingham?
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a hit and run accident, you may be overwhelmed by medical bills, rehabilitation fees and lost income. Unfortunately, the insurance company may be reluctant to cover all your expenses. An experienced Birmingham car accident lawyer will deal with the insurance company for you so that you can focus on recovering from your ordeal. You may be able to claim expenses for:
- Medical expenses
- Disfigurement and disability
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
Identifying the Driver
You may feel that you would be unable to identify the driver or the car, but do not worry. We can help you find possible witnesses who can help lead to an arrest. If you or a family member have been involved in a hit and run accident that has caused injury or damage, you will need to speak to an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. How you respond to the accident during the weeks after the collision may affect the amount of compensation you are awarded. Bear this in mind when you are choosing a lawyer.
Here at the Guster Law Firm, LLC, our legal team has years of experience with hit and run cases, with proven results. Contact our Birmingham hit and run car accident lawyers at (205) 386-6844 for a free consultation.