Hit And Run Accident Compensation Claims
Many people wrongly think that they cannot claim compensation after a hit and run traffic accident because the other driver has fled the scene. Although the claims process is slightly different to other road accident cases, a compensation claim is still possible.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, or if you are hit by a stolen vehicle or an uninsured driver, we can help you make a hit and run traffic accident compensation claim.
Call us today on 0800 612 7340 for expert legal advice on making a compensation claim after a hit and run accident. Alternatively, you can simply fill in your details on our online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch with you.
If the Police do trace the driver responsible for your accident then we can help you proceed with a road accident claim. If the Police cannot trace the driver, or if they do not have insurance, we can advise on helping you make a claim through the MIB – The Motor Insurers’ Bureau. The MIB was specifically set up to provide a central fund to help with hit and run road traffic accident compensation and/or untraced drivers.
Who can make a hit and run claim?
There are various different hit and run compensation claims that can be lodged, including:
- If you were the driver or passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a driver who then fled the scene.
- If you were a pedestrian who was knocked down by a hit and run driver.
- If you were on a bicycle or motorbike that was involved in a hit and run accident.
If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, it is really important to report the accident to the Police as soon as possible (for MIB compensation claims this must be within 14 days or as soon as is reasonable).
How your hit and run claim will proceed
Any claim that is dealt with by the MIB will go through the same process. There are several stages with an MIB claim, and we can guide you through the entire process and take away the stress of making a claim.
The first step is to complete the claim form. This will tell the MIB exactly what happened in the accident and the circumstances surrounding the accident. We will complete this for you from the information you provide to us and submit the form direct to the MIB.
The second step is for the MIB to investigate the claim and gather together all the information they need. This includes accessing the police report for the accident, as well as speaking to any witnesses. They will create a statement for you to read and sign for your agreement.
The third step is the decision by the MIB to either accept or reject your claim.
If the MIB accept your claim, they will then arrange for you to see a medical expert to provide a report about your injuries and your prognosis. This report will be forwarded to us to discuss with you and check you are happy with the content.
If your claim is rejected, the MIB will provide you with details of why they have rejected your application. We can then advise you on how you can appeal this decision and deal with this appeal on your behalf. We will also discuss with you the likelihood of succeeding with your claim.
If you are successful, the fourth and final step is the offer from the MIB. This will be in full settlement of your claim. We will negotiate on your behalf to get the maximum amount of compensation available to you.
How do hit and run accident claims work?
- The MIB deal with a high volume of claims, therefore the process can sometimes take longer than average.
- Awards are based on the severity of your injury and the length of time you have, or are likely to have the symptoms.
- An award will only be made if the MIB accept that the accident was the untraced driver’s fault.
- The MIB are entitled to reduce your compensation if they believe you were partly to blame (e.g. if you were not wearing a seatbelt, or were careless crossing the road).
- You must have motor insurance for your own vehicle to be able to claim from the MIB (as applicable).
- You will have to prove the accident was reported to the police.
- You cannot recover compensation for property damage unless the vehicle that caused the accident (rather than its driver) is traced and you are also claiming compensation for injuries.
- Once your application has been accepted, your injuries and any losses must be proved. You must attend a medical examination which will be arranged by the MIB.
- A claim to the MIB must be submitted as soon as possible, but within 3 years of the accident.
Starting your hit and run compensation claim
Our specialist road injury lawyers can help with all types of road accident claims, including hit and run claims. We will negotiate to secure the rightful compensation that innocent victims deserve after a hit and run car accident.
To find out whether you can make a hit and run accident compensation claim, speak to one of our road accident lawyers on 0800 612 7340 or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.
More Information on Hit and Run Compensation Claims
Hit and run compensation claims case studies
- Mrs E was a passenger on a bus when an untraced driver pulled out in front of the bus, causing the driver to slam onto his brakes. This caused Mrs E to fall and she sustained injuries down her right hand side. She suffered facial bruising, as well as pain in her back and neck, plus restricted movement in her neck. She was left shaken and weakened by the accident. Mrs E received over £6,500 in MIB untraced compensation.
- Mr M was a driver of a vehicle proceeding around a roundabout in the middle lane, when the defendant in the left lane attempted to change lanes because he realised he was in the wrong lane. He collided with the passenger side of our client’s vehicle and drove off without stopping. Mr M sustained soft tissue damage to his back, shoulders and neck and required physiotherapy. He received £2,440 in hit and run accident compensation.
- Miss E was crossing a two lane road when she was struck by a car. She had successfully crossed the first lane, where there was a car stationery waiting to turn at traffic lights. As she was crossing the second lane a van came speeding along the road and struck her on her left hand side. The van stopped at the scene but the driver’s details were never taken. She sustained a lump on her head, scratches and grazes to the left of her back, arm, leg and foot and soft tissue injuries to her back and leg. She had ongoing problems with her back and leg and had to undertake physiotherapy. She received £4,250 in road traffic accident compensation.
- Mr H was involved in an accident where he was cycling over a mini roundabout. The defendant proceeded from the left and collided into the left side of the client. The driver did not stop at the scene and the police were unable to trace them. As a result of the accident, Mr H sustained injury to his arm, including a minor fracture. We helped him to claim over £4,000 in his hit and run claim.