Hit & Run Accidents


Hit & Run Compensation Claims 

A hit-and-run accident is any type of road accident where a vehicle hits an object or person, but the driver leaves the scene without stopping and fulfilling their obligations.  

A hit and run is a criminal offence, even if it doesn’t involve another person. If it does involve a victim, that victim may be eligible to make a hit and run injury claim. Many people worry they can’t make a claim if they didn’t get a number plate or other identifying details before the driver left the scene. 

Thankfully, victims of such accidents can still seek hit and run compensation, even if they don’t know any details about the vehicle or driver which caused it. The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) Untraced Drivers Agreement provides a route for the injured party in hit and run accidents to claim compensation for the injury or damage caused by a person who cannot be traced. 

We appreciate that being involved in a hit and run accident is a difficult time for anyone, so our legal team is able to guide you through the entire process and assist in submitting your hit and run claim. Awhich point the MIB will investigate and assess compensation based on individual circumstances. 

To find out more about hit and run accident claims, please contact our No Win No Fee solicitors, who are experienced in dealing with hit and run accidents. You can contact them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances, omessage us through our form

Who can make a hit and run accident compensation claim?

Hit and run claims don’t just apply to a hit and run car accident. You can claim compensation after an accident whether you were the driver, passenger, a cyclist or a pedestrian injured by another car, a motorbike, or even a horseYes, you really can claim against a horse!  

The same is true where your car has been hit by another vehicle which has fled the scene or alternatively where you are a pedestrian hit by a vehicle which has fled the scene. If you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident and you weren’t at fault, then you have a right to be compensated for: 

  • Medical costs 
  • Loss of earnings 
  • Any other expenses incurred due to the accident. 

You might be able to make a hit and run accident claim even if you were partially responsible for the collision. In these cases, the compensation awarded is usually lower in value, due to your involvement. 

How do I start a hit and run compensation claim?

The first step to making a claim for hit and run compensation is to contact us for a free no obligation consultationWe’re open evening to make it as easy as possible to get in touch, and we keep things straightforwardas soon as we’ve got the details, well confirm if you’re entitled to claim. 

Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and guide you through the entire process. We will assist you in submitting your application to MIB, which will then investigate and assess compensation, based on your circumstances. We will keep you updated on the progress of your hit and run claim at all times, so you don’t have to worry about anything. 

How long do I have to make a hit and run accident claim?

The standard cut-off date for making a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule: 

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so. 
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday. 
  • MIB – if the vehicle which caused the damage/injury was uninsured or is untraced you may have a right to claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The cut-off date for pursuing a claim against the MIB is usually 3 years from the date of the accident. 
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately (i.e. the vehicle was used as a weapon), you may have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.

How much compensation can I claim for a hit and run accident?

We’d love to give you an exact number for the compensation you will receive. But the truth is that the level of compensation you’re able to claim as a victim of a hit and run can vary considerably. 

If you were in your vehicle at the material time, your injuries may be minor. If you were a pedestrian, its likely that your injuries will be much more serious. Either way, the collision is likely to have caused you significant pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. 

When injuries are more significant, the compensation can be a lot higher because of the impact the injuries will have on your lifestyle, work, and even personal relationships.  In such cases, the compensation received will support you throughout recovery and long after your claim to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment, support, and rehabilitation. 

While we can’t give you an exact figure, our personal injury compensation calculator will help you to estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. Just remember, the figures should only be taken as a guide. 

How long does it take to receive a hit and run compensation?

Each and every hit and run claim is an individual casewith several different factors which influence how quickly your claim is likely to be settled. For example, the severity of injuries is a big aspect, as is whether the details for the vehicle and driver responsible can be traced.  

Unfortunately, accidents where the vehicle and driver are untraced usually take much longer. Also, if liability is in dispute, or if the driver/vehicle is located but was uninsured, it will usually take much longer for your claim to settle. We tell you this to prepare you for a potentially lengthy claim, but don’t let it put you off; our team can help you claim the hit and run compensation you deserve. 


Hit & Run Accidents – Frequently Asked Questions

If you have suffered an injury due to a hit & run, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.

The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details we will confirm if you’re entitled to claim.

Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and guide you through the entire process.  We will assist you in submitting your application to MIB, which will then investigate and assess compensation, based on your circumstances. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.

 

The standard cut-off date for making a personal injury claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there’s no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
  • Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
  • MIB – if the vehicle which caused the damage/injury was uninsured or is untraced you may have a right to claim against the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The cut-off date for pursuing a claim against the MIB is usually 3 years from the date of the accident.
  • Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately (i.e. the vehicle was used as a weapon), you may have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.

Every case is completely different, and several factors influence how quickly your claim is settled. For example, the severity of injuries is a big aspect and also whether details for the vehicle and driver responsible can be traced. Unfortunately accidents where the vehicle and driver are untraced usually take much longer. When liability is in dispute, or where the driver/vehicle is located but was uninsured, it will usually take much longer for your claim to settle.

The amount of compensation you’ll be able to claim for as a victim of a hit and run can vary considerably. If you were in your vehicle at the material time your injuries may be minor. If you were a pedestrian, it is likely that your injuries will be more serious. Either way the collision is likely to have caused you significant pain, discomfort and inconvenience.

When injuries are more significant, the compensation can be a lot of higher because of the impact the injuries will have on your lifestyle, work and even personal relationships.  In such cases, the compensation received will support you throughout recovery and long after your claim to make sure you receive the appropriate treatment, support and rehabilitation.

Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, the figures should be taken as a guide.

For a complete and accurate analysis of your hit and run road traffic accident claim, please phone us on 0131 555 7055. Or contact us through our form.