I was involved in a hit-and-run car accident; can I still get compensation?

Under Pennsylvania law, every driver involved in a motor vehicle accident must stop at the scene whether it results in injury, death or only property damage. Drivers involved in the accident must stay at the scene to give information and to render aid. However, sometimes drivers breach their duty to remain at the scene of the accident resulting in a hit-and run.

One the main issues in a hit-and-run car accident, is that the victim may not be able to identify the at-fault driver because that driver left the accident scene. If the victim to the accident has injuries or damage to their vehicle, it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault person when you do not have their name or insurance information. However, the victim may be able to get compensation from their insurance carrier through their uninsured motorist coverage.

Uninsured motorist coverage is optional under state law. Although it is optional, insurance companies must offer it to anyone buying their insurance. The coverage provides compensation up to the policy limits, which is equal to bodily injury liability limits of the injured party’s insurance policy.

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