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Hit and Run Epidemic Costing Lives in Kentucky

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There is a hit and run epidemic happening all over the country, and it’s having an effect on cities like Louisville and Lexington.  According to a AAA report, hit and run accident have risen across the nation a staggering 60 percent from 2009 to 2016.

With over 2,050 hit and runs a year, it means that every day five people in the US are killed by a hit and run driver.

Woman Killed by Hit and Run Driver in Lexington

Police were called to Martha Court in Lexington at 4:30 am Wednesday, June 10, 2020, due to a report that a woman was on the road apparently a victim of a hit and run. Witnesses told police that a white SUV struck the victim and fled the scene.

EMS declared her dead at the scene from blunt force trauma. Police ruled it as a homicide and say they are looking for the driver of the white SUV that was seen fleeing the scene.

Hit-and-run accidents create problems for police, the victims, and insurance companies. The victim in a hit-and-run often feels twice victimized, once by the accident and again when the driver flees. This can place the victim in greater danger as help is often delayed as the other driver is not there to call for help.

Police are tasked with finding the driver that fled the scene, and it can prove difficult if there are no cameras or witnesses.

Insurance Problems

A hit and run accidents cause significant trauma for the victim or the victim’s family because of the anguish that comes from the person leaving the scene. They feel twice victimized, and the reality that they were left on the street to fend for themselves adds to the pain already inflicted on the victim.

Another problem comes when the victim tries to collect compensation. Typically, the at-fault driver’s insurance will pay; however, if the at-fault driver is not found, then there may not be any compensation. In some cases, if the victim has their own insurance with an uninsured and underinsured motorist’s coverage provision, then this can be used to pay for compensation. But the victim still might have questions, such as:

  • What injuries can I claim?
  • Will my insurance pay for just damages to my car or for medical bills and lost wages too?
  • What happens if my insurance pays me for my medical injury and then they find the hit-and-run driver? Do I have to pay my insurance company back?
  • Is my Insurance company no longer on my side? Are they going to try and say it was my fault?
  • What if they don’t believe me?

Do I Need an Attorney for a Hit-and-Run?

You cant rely on the insurance company and their lawyers to treat you fairly. You need to talk to someone on your side who can advise you and evaluate your case.

The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that experience. They have helped countless victims of all types of accidents including hit-and-run crashes. Get this experience and knowledge working on your side. Call (800) 937 8443 or click here to contact an attorney that can start on your case today.

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