Disgraceful. That is the only way to describe Pennsylvania hit-and-run drivers — drivers who do not have the responsibility to own up to their actions after a vehicle accident.
Unfortunately, this lack of accountability is found in about 10 percent of accidents, according to the U.S. government.
At Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP, our team of dedicated personal injury lawyers, serving Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and all of Pennsylvania, are ready to rise up and ensure that there is justice for every victim of a hit-and-run — compensation for your injuries or loss of a loved one and often punishment for the other driver, who decided to run instead of taking blame.
While hit-and-run accidents make up only about one-tenth of U.S. automobile accidents, the victims often do not know where to turn. If it is a collision between two vehicles, there is a strong chance for property damage and physical injury, even death. If the hit-and-run involves an individual, the injuries could range from bruising and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries or, in many cases, death. At Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP, we are committed to not just holding the hit-and-run driver responsible for compensation and damages for the pain and suffering from the car crash, but also to helping make sure that, whenever possible, they are held accountable and brought to the attention of the police and prosecutors.
Why do some drivers hit-and-run? It really does come down to a lack of responsibility. These drivers are aware of their recklessness or negligence and hope that by running away, no one can catch them. They may be uninsured or underinsured motorists. Uninsured motorists are precisely that — drivers who fail to carry any insurance. Underinsured motorists, on the other hand, have insurance — but not nearly enough for the accident they have caused. Many are breaking the law in other ways — failing to yield to pedestrians, committing crimes, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, running stop signs or ignoring red lights. Others are too busy texting or fiddling with their cell phones to pay attention.
The Hazelton and Wilkes-Barre lawyers at Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP can help. Pennsylvania uninsured motorist (UM) coverage applies to hit-and-run accidents and you may be able to seek compensation through UM if the hit-and-run driver cannot be located. Your own insurance may provide additional coverage as well. An attorney from our firm and provide answers to your questions.