New Hampshire Hit and Run Accidents
Losing a loved one, or being injured yourself, in a New Hampshire automobile accident, is both traumatic and difficult, but the circumstances surrounding the accident become infinitely more difficult to process and deal with when the accident was caused by a hit and run driver. Accidents of this nature result in thousands of deaths and injuries across the United States each year. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of these victims and their families are unable to obtain closure by holding the offending party responsible for their actions.
For these individuals and their families, the opportunity to receive justice has been stripped away.
Although it does occur, in most instances, it is implausible that the hit and run motorist will be identified. When this scenario occurs, an accident victim is left with one method of recovering financial compensation for the physical and emotional injuries they have suffered: the uninsured motorist coverage provided by their automobile insurance policy.
However, this avenue for compensation presents its own set of problems. Automobile insurance companies have developed a reputation for digging their heels in and refusing to provide claimants with the compensation they are entitled too, even if their claim is legitimate. Even if a hit and run accident victim is capable of meeting the stringent requirements of their insurance provider, the amount of coverage provided by their insurance may not cover the entire total of their losses.
This is the moment when the assistance of a professional and experienced New Hampshire accident attorney becomes invaluable.
New Hampshire State Laws for Hit and Run Accidents
As with other states in the Union, the state of New Hampshire classifies a hit and run accident as a crime. Per New Hampshire state statue RSA 264:25:
"[the] driver of a vehicle who knows or should have known that he or she has just been involved in any accident which resulted in death, personal injury or damages to property, shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident..."
A New Hampshire motorist who violates this statute will become guilty of a Class B felony. If an arrest is made in the case, then the perpetrator will be subject to criminal prosecution, as well as civil action by the victim(s) of the accident.
Hit and Run Accident Causes
There are a number of reasons as to why a motorist would choose to flee the scene of an accident. For example, he or she might not have automobile insurance, or they might intoxicated or under the influence of an illegal substance. Inattention or driver distractions are two other common causes of such accidents. However, none of these reasons are excusable.
The primary reason why most New Hampshire motorists choose to flee the scene of an accident is simple fear. He or she may be worried about the consequences of their actions if they were caught or be frightened or panicked upon seeing what they have caused. Once again, these are not acceptable excuses for leaving the scene of an accident, particularly one that has resulted in the death or injury of an innocent motorist.
Traveling the Road to Recovery
The results of a New Hampshire hit and run accident can produce injuries that require months of rehabilitation, medical care, and medical treatments. In the most severe cases, the resulting injuries can lead to permanently disabling conditions. While no amount of monetary compensation can alleviate the pain suffering a hit and run accident victim goes through, it is an essential component of recovery from such a difficult period.
If you, or one of your loved ones, has been injured or become deceased as a result of a hit and run accident, then you need to engage the services of one of our professional and experienced New Hampshire hit and run lawyers. It is our pledge to our clients that we will exhaust every available resource to ensure that our clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled from their insurance provider, and in the event they are identified, the at fault motorist. Your initial consultation is free, so contact us today.
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