Hit & Run Accidents
Hit-and-run accidents can be among the most devastating accident a victim can endure. Pedestrians and cyclists are often involved and very serious or fatal injuries frequently result. An at-fault driver who has fled the scene leaves nobody to blame. And nobody to pay for the cost of medical care, vehicle repair, and lost wages.
As a veteran Boston car accident attorney, Jeffrey Glassman is often asked whether it's worth pursuing a claim in cases where a hit-and-run driver is involved. After all, even when a driver is located, he or she often fled the scene because they were drunk, or lacked insurance, or had a suspended driver's license.
Under Massachusetts law, those convicted of hit-and-run can face criminal penalties of 2.5 to 10 years in prison. However, it's a crime that has been around since the time of the motorized carriage, when vehicles lacked license plates and drivers often wore goggles on muddy and dusty roads.Hit-and-Run Lawyer in Boston
At the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Glassman, our staff of experienced Boston hit-and-run lawyers is dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims who have been seriously injured. In cases where a hit-and-run driver is involved, seeking experienced legal representation can be even more important. In some cases, a claim may be filed against an at-fault driver's assets, or against other insurance policies in effect in the household. In still other cases, a claim may be filed against your own insurance carrier or other at-fault parties may be identified.
One study found an average of more than 100 motorists a month are killed in hit-and-run accidents. And more than half of those were pedestrians. In fact, as many as 1 in 5 deadly pedestrian accidents involves a hit-and-run driver.
Most common reasons the driver leaves the scene include:
- Driver was impaired, drowsy or distracted.
- Driver was unlicensed, suspended, revoked, or uninsured.
- Driver was an illegal immigrant or otherwise lacked legal status or had outstanding wants or warrants.
- Street racing, stolen vehicle.
- Aggressive driving.
- Youthful indecision.
Given today's forensic technology and the prevalence of surveillance cameras and cell phones, fleeing drivers are often identified. In such cases, justice will require both criminal and civil prosecution.
Our Boston hit-and-run attorneys will assist you in staying abreast of the criminal prosecution by communicating with the prosecutor's office and making you aware of any state or federal victim's resources that may be available. The judge in the criminal case may also order restitution. However, this should not be confused with a civil judgment you may pursue separately.
Too often, a defendant won't satisfy a restitution order. Pursuing a parallel civil case is the best option when seeking restitution for pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, medical bills, and other claims.
If your family is dealing with a Boston car accident involving a hit-and-run driver, contact the hit-and-run accident lawyers and wrongful death attorneys in Boston at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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