Hit-and-run accidents in Delaware can be devastating, and they can leave injury victims without obvious routes for seeking financial compensation or accountability. Not only can hit-and-run collisions result in serious physical injuries, but they can also result in anger given that a liable motorist made the decision to leave the scene of an accident. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit-and-run accidents can be defined as “those in which at least one person involved in a crash flees the scene before offering any (or sufficient) information or aid to the other involved person(s) or fails to properly report the crash.” If you or a loved one got hurt in a hit-and-run crash, it is important to seek advice from a Delaware car accident lawyer who can provide you with more information about your options and can help you to seek compensation. In the meantime, the following are five things to know about hit-and-run wrecks in Delaware.
- Hit-and-Run Accidents Occur Frequently
Hits and runs happen more frequently than you might think in Delaware and across the country. According to AAA, hit-and-run accidents have increased over the last decade, and more than 17,500 people were killed in hit-and-runs in the last 10 years.
- Motorists, Pedestrians, and Other Parties Can Be Injured in Hit-and-Run Accidents
Almost anyone can be injured in a hit-and-run accident in Delaware. Hit-and-run drivers cause collisions involving other motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists in Delaware.
- Delaware Has a Comparatively Low Rate of Hit-and-Run Collisions Compared to Other States
Data suggest that Delaware has a comparatively low rate of hit-and-run accidents when you look at the numbers from Delaware in relation to other states. Yet as statistics from Value Penguin show, there are still 7.3 fatal hit-and-run collisions for every 10 billion miles traveled in the state.
- You May Have Multiple Options for Seeking Compensation
When a hit-and-run crash happens, you may have multiple options for seeking compensation. If you can identify the driver, you can file a lawsuit against that party. Otherwise, you may still be able to seek compensation through an insurance claim, including through uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
- Hit-and-Run Lawsuits Likely Have a Two-Year Statute of Limitations
Under Delaware law, you should know that most types of car accident lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the crash. This timetable includes hit-and-run collisions, and you should not expect that the statute of limitations will be tolled (or paused) if it takes some time to identify the hit-and-run driver. While there are circumstances in which the clock can be tolled, you should assume that you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit, and you should get in touch with an experienced hit-and-run lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Delaware Car Accident Attorney Today
Do you need help filing a claim after a hit-and-run accident in Delaware? One of the experienced Delaware car accident attorneys at our firm can evaluate your case today and can talk with you about potential options for seeking financial compensation. We know how devastating these collisions can be, and we want to do everything we can to help you obtain the compensation you need while also holding the hit-and-run driver accountable. Contact Freibott Law online today or give us a call in Wilmington at (302) 633-9000.