Hit and run accidents are on the rise in Northern Ireland. Since 2013, there has been a 25% increase in collisions in which the driver fled the scene or was untraced. There are several reasons why a hit and run driver might leave the scene of an accident. Panic, being unaware of the accident, having no insurance, drink-driving and other illegal activity might result in a hit and run accident.
If you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident, we understand the enormous sense of frustration it brings. While it might feel like justice is evading you right now, there are things we can do to help you. Whether you are a driver, cyclist or pedestrian involved in a hit and run accident you have a right to claim compensation, even if the driver was never traced.
Hit and Run Accident Injuries
While hit and run accidents may cause damage to vehicles and property, in the most serious cases they also cause injuries to people. The severity of injuries varies dramatically but common injuries in hit and run accident claims include:
Slight – Minor cuts, whiplash, bruising and shock.
Less Serious – Deep cuts, minor head injuries, broken arms, lower legs and collarbone.
Moderately Serious – Chest injuries, thigh or pelvis fractures and deep penetration wounds.
Very Serious – Broken neck or spine, severe head injuries, severe chest injuries, and internal injuries.
Who can make a Hit and Run claim?
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident through no fault of your own, you’re entitled to claim compensation. It doesn’t matter whether you were a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian, you are eligible to claim. You can also claim on behalf of a loved one who meets those criteria but is unable to make their own claim.
Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau is a not-for-profit organisation funded by insurance companies to help the victims of hit and run accidents and untraced drivers. Since we can’t claim compensation from the insurer of the driver involved in your accident, we instead claim from the MIB.
Under the MIB’s Untraced Drivers Scheme, you can secure compensation for injuries and other damage inflicted on you by a hit and run driver. Your claim proceeds in a similar way to other road traffic accident claims, but the MIB will pay compensation rather than a specific insurer.
Hit and Run Accident Claim Process
If you’ve been involved in an accident in which a driver has fled the scene, you deserve a claim process that delivers the compensation you are entitled to as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve designed our claims process to be simple and stress-free. Here’s what to expect.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black Pick up the phone or send an email so that one of our solicitors can provide initial advice during a free, no-obligation consultation.
Step 2: Gathering Information Next, we start gathering the information that will form the basis of your claim. This might include medical notes, information from the PSNI and video or photo evidence from the scene.
Step 3: Medical Assessment We’ll arrange for you to be assessed by an independent medical professional so that we’re sure we know the full extent of your injuries and any long-term issues.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations With all that information collated, we can go to the MIB to secure the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to based on the nature of your injuries and any other damages you sustained.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We will oversee your compensation payout right until the money reaches you to make sure that it is concluded promptly and conveniently.
In most cases, you need to make your hit and run accident claim within three years of the accident.
If you were over 18 you must claim within three years of the date of the accident
If you were under 18 at the time of the accident, you must claim by your 21st birthday
There are some exceptions in mitigating circumstances, such as if the extent of your injuries prevented you from claiming within the correct time frame. The safest option is to get in touch with us to start your claim as soon after a hit and run accident as you are well enough to do so.
Hit and Run Compensation – How much can I claim?
The amount of compensation you receive for a hit and run accident will depend on the seriousness and long-term impact of the injuries you sustained. We have considerable experience of pursuing road traffic accident claims directly with insurers, as well as through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
We can reassure you that the amount of compensation you receive will not be impacted by the fact that the driver has not been traced. We will always pursue the maximum amount based on your injuries, including:
General Damages Compensation for the physical and psychological injuries you suffered in the hit and run accident.
Special Damages Compensation covering money you’ve spent or lost because of the hit and run accident, such as medical bills, travel costs and loss of earnings.
Why Choose Reid Black?
We’ve been helping people in Northern Ireland who, just like you, have had their life impacted by a hit and run accident since 1993. Using all the experience and knowledge we’ve built during that time, we will guide you through a smooth process towards getting the compensation you deserve.
Our Specialist Hit and Run Accident Claim Solicitors
Our Specialist Hit and Run Accident Claim Solicitors
Peter Lynch 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Libby Smyth 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Libby Smyth is one Northern Ireland’s leading Road Traffic Accident and Personal Injury Solicitors.
She will handle your Road Traffic Accident Claim effectively and efficiently, keeping your best interests as her prime concern.
Specialist in all types of personal injury claims, with a focus on Road Traffic Injury Claims.
Libby can expedite your injury claim to ensure you get your compensation as fast as possible.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, contact Libby today for free initial chat to see if you’re eligible for a claim.
Eilis McQuillan 14 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Elis McQuillan has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accident Claims in Northern Ireland.
She will prioritise your interest’s first and act solely on your behalf.
Specialist in all types of Road Traffic Accident Claims and Litigation, including Car Accidents, Cycling Accidents and Motorbike Accidents.
Ellis can Fast Track your Road Traffic Accident Claim, so you get your compensation as soon as possible.
Contact Ellis today for a free initial consultation to determine if you’re entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Claim.
Once you and others are safe, and have received any medical attention needed, the next steps are to report the incident to the police, get the contact details of any eyewitnesses, and take photos of the scene and any damage caused. Write down any information that might help to trace the driver, such as their number plate, car make and model, and direction of travel. As soon as possible after the incident, get in touch with us to discuss your options. If the accident involved your vehicle, you will also need to contact your insurer.
We’re able to resolve the vast majority of hit and run accident claims without the need to go to court. If the MIB’s compensation offer is less than we think you’re entitled to receive, we can still take them to court in the same way we would an insurance company.
The MIB usually decides whether it agrees that you’re eligible for compensation within three months, or six weeks for lower-value claims. The process to decide the level of compensation and pay out will take longer. Generally, the more serious the injuries — and therefore the larger the potential compensation — the longer the process will take. Once a figure is agreed, the payment will be made promptly.
Not in Northern Ireland. No win no fee arrangements are not allowed under the law here. Instead, we can offer a no fee initial consultation at which we can give you initial advice and discuss your options.
We’re here to take care of your Hit and Run Accident Claim
Once you make contact with one of our solicitors, you’re on the way to securing the compensation you deserve. Start the process today and we will handle everything else.
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