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What are the Rights of Hit-and-Run Victims?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 30, 2013

A 34-year-old man was killed in a recent Seattle car accident involving a hit-and-run driver. According to The News Tribune, the fatal hit-and-run accident occurred near 12th Avenue and South Dearborn Street. Officials believe the man was struck and dragged by the motor vehicle before being left in the street. Investigators are trying to determine who was responsible for the crash.

The family of someone killed in a Seattle pedestrian accident can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver to receive compensation for their tragic losses. A successful claim can result in compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income and a number of other damages. This is not possible, however, when the at-fault driver flees the scene of the crash.

Investigators do their best to track down hit-and-run drivers, but they are not always successful. In such cases, the family of the victim may feel helpless, angry, and anxious about the tragic situation in which they have been placed. It is important to remember that victims of hit-and-run accidents and their families have rights.

If the at-fault driver cannot be held accountable for the accident, it may be possible to pursue financial compensation from the victim’s own insurance provider. It will be necessary to review the victim’s insurance policy to determine if he or she had uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance.

Even when the victim has adequate uninsured motorist coverage, his or her family may find it difficult getting the support they need. An experienced Seattle car accident attorney can walk the family through the claim process. No one should have to face complicated insurance issues while grieving the loss of a loved one. A skilled wrongful death attorney will make sure that the family’s best interests are protected every step of the way. Get in touch with the legal team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., by calling (888) 228-3860 to learn more about your rights.

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