Have you suffered an injury in a hit-and-run accident with a commercial truck? If so, you may be at a loss for what to do. Even if the trucker fled the scene, there might still be options available for collecting compensation. A Spokane hit-and-run truck accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help you determine what your next step should be.

Know Your Rights

After a hit-and-run, you should immediately file an accident report with the police. By calling the police to the scene as soon as possible, you can increase the chances that the fleeing trucker will be located and identified.

Make note of everything you can remember about the truck, including markings, logos, license plate, color, and anything else. All this information can be used to track down the driver who hit you. If the trucker is located, filing an injury claim becomes much easier because we can demonstrate that not only did the driver hit you, but he or she failed to stop and provide aid.

Filing an Uninsured Driver Claim

If the driver is never identified, you may still be able to contact your insurance company and file an uninsured driver claim. This will allow you to recover money for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and anything else covered by your policy.

Even your own insurance company is unlikely to put your health before their profits. We can make certain that none of your medical care is denied and that you receive every penny of compensation your policy entitles you to.

Dealing with Your Insurance Company

Once retained, we can gather evidence to prove the cost of your losses and medical care. We can then begin negotiating with your insurance company on your behalf. This may be necessary to get them to pay for your medical bills and accident-related expenses. An insurance company will often throw up hurdles to avoid paying out on claims.

They purposefully make it difficult to recover compensation and some accident victims eventually give up. Don’t do this. With an attorney involved, an insurance company is likely to be far more responsive, and the chances of your receiving full compensation are far greater.

In most cases, we can reach an agreement with the insurance company out of court. As our client, you will have the ultimate say in whether you want to accept their terms. We will advise you accordingly after reviewing their offer. If they fail to be reasonable, we can go to trial and represent you in court.

Important Considerations After a Hit-and-Run

It is critical that you file an accident report. You need to demonstrate that you have taken legal action to pursue the driver who hit you. Otherwise, the insurance company could simply claim that you ran into something and are trying to cover it up.

You also need to see a doctor immediately after the crash since this provides the basis for your injury claim. Your doctor will help you recover and be an advocate in proving you were injured.

Contact a Spokane Hit-and-Run Lawyer

We can provide legal assistance after you have been injured in a hit-and-run with an 18-wheeler. For help with your case, complete the contact form below or call Craig Swapp & Associates at 1-800-404-9000.