When car accident compensation comes to mind, most people think of accidents involving two or more cars, with one clearly at fault.
But there are several instances that can lead to these compensation claims, and some appear to be on the rise in Australia. Hit and run accidents, for example, occur when either a pedestrian or another motorist is struck by a car that then speeds away.
These accidents are often extremely traumatic, considering the person who allegedly caused the damage, injury or death may not be brought to justice for some time – until the investigation has turned up a suspect and found him or her guilty of hit and run.
In August alone there were a few fatal hit and run accidents that could lead to injury compensation claims. One 41-year-old man was killed while he was cycling across the Tallebugera Bridge in South East Queensland, which investigators say occurred late at night.
In Brisbane, a police investigation found a 34-year-old woman was hit and dragged by a motorist who then sped away and is still at large.
It’s accidents like these, where there is a clear sign of negligence, that can turn into car accident injury claims.
Filing a hit and run injury claim
Anyone injured in such an accident – or their family and loved ones – can file a car accident injury claim after an alleged hit and run. In some cases, compensation may be an option even if the driver in the accident is never found.
If the driver cannot be located by the authorities, government programs exist that ensure either the injured or the deceased’s family receives the compensation they deserve.
According to the Australian Injury Helpline, it’s important to report a hit and run incident as soon as possible, because there are time limits in place that could make it difficult to receive compensation if you wait too long.
Once the alleged offense has been reported, it’s best to speak with an expert, such as a car accident lawyer, to learn what legal options are available.
Some of the most common forms of compensation include loss of wages or salary, medical expenses, costs associated with physical therapy and rehabilitation, and, to some extent, travel expenses. The victim may also have the option of a lump sum payment.
In the event of death, compensation can also cover funeral expenses.