According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 6 million motor vehicle traffic collisions in the United States each and every year.
Of those 6 million crashes, approximately 3 million drivers are injured each year, with 2 million of those injuries being permanent or a life-changing event for the victim.
With these statistics in mind, it’s very important that all motorists on the road must maintain a high level of driver responsibility in order to increase safety and reduce the number of auto accidents each year.
Throughout our state of Alabama, the issue of driver safety was so problematic that drivers are now required to have liability insurance coverage – or some type of an acceptable alternative. and drivers must also always carry proof of insurance while operating a motor vehicle.
Unfortunately, motorists who do not have car insurance are often tempted to flee the scene of an accident. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hit and run collision, at Citrin Law Firm we can help to construct a case with the intent of obtaining compensation for any damages that you may have sustained – guiding you safely through each step of the legal process.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out the Free Case Review form on this page.
Hit and Run Laws in Alabama
Alabama maintains a strict set of laws in regard to hit and runs within the state. As a tort state, Alabama law enforces that the driver who was responsible for the collision must pay any medical expenses that the victim may incur as a result of personal damages they may have sustained from the accident.
Furthermore, the innocent driver is also able to file a court claim against the at-fault driver to recover any losses and damages resulting from the collision.
A list of the most critical Alabama laws regarding hit and run crashes include (but are not limited to):
- The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in an injury, death, and/or property damage must stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident
- The driver has a duty to give information and render aid in an accident resulting in injury, death, and/or property damage
- Drivers have a duty to stop and locate both the motorist of the other vehicle and any highway fixtures that were stricken
- An immediate report of the accident must be given to the local police department, county sheriff, or state highway patrol
While there are certainly additional laws, keeping in mind the above laws is essential to driving safely on the Alabama roadways. Citrin Law Firm takes pride in always helping people.
Common Causes Of Hit & Run Incidents
While leaving the scene of an accident without stopping is illegal in most states here in the U.S, it’s worth noting that there are some common reasons why drivers that have hit another vehicle leave without either stopping.
The main reasons for this include:
- the driver is uninsured
- the driver has been drinking and driving
- the driver is under the influence of illegal drugs
- the driver does not have a valid license
- the driver already has a warrant out for their arrest
In the event that you or someone you love is involved in a hit and run incident, it’s always best to remain calm and to try to assess the situation.
What To Do After An Accident Has Occurred
Shortly after this type of collision, it’s always a good idea to try and obtain as much information at the accident scene that you are able to. The reason for this is simply because important details are often forgotten by those involved shortly after the incident.
A checklist of items may include:
- ensuring that no one is hurt
- calling 9-1-1 if there are any injuries
- writing down the license plate number, make and model of the offending vehicle
- contacting local law enforcement while still at the accident scene
- taking photos of the accident scene and damage with your cell phone camera
- obtaining the contact information of any witnesses
Should you wish authorities to pursue the offender – or to claim compensation against your own insurance company – by having these details available, an attorney can help to assemble a very robust argument for your case, which can greatly increase the chances of obtaining a fair and just settlement.
Common Injury Types
Hit and run collisions often have severe legal consequences. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in the suspension or cancellation of one’s driver’s license. While these repercussions are damaging, they are nothing compared to the potential injuries associated with these kinds of crashes.
The most common injuries found in hit and run collisions include:
- Brain Damage
- Broken Bones
- Bone Fractures
- Head Injuries
- Internal Organ Damages
- Loss of Limbs
- Spinal Cord Damage
If damages have caused suffering to you or your loved ones following a hit and run wreck, the attorneys of Citrin Law Firm are ready to help fight for your rights.
Need Help? Contact Our Hit and Run Injury Attorney
As Alabama residents, you have the opportunity to help in the effort to reduce the number of hit and run collisions. Citizens who have witnessed a hit and run crash can help with investigations. In fact, witnesses are required by law to report information when a driver has left the scene of an accident.
At the Citrin Law Firm, our philosophy is always helping people. We treat each and every client’s case with respect, care, and diligence. With a combination of our guidance and the decades of experience our attorneys have accumulated helping injury victims throughout Alabama, we can help to recover the losses that you may be entitled to receive.
With our head office located in Mobile AL, we proudly supply legal counsel to injury victims in:
- Mobile County
- Baldwin County
- Coastal Alabama
- the Mississippi Gulf coast
- selected areas of the Florida Panhandle
…. and many other towns and cities throughout the region.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with the Citrin Law Firm, contact us today at 251-888-8888. We have intake staff ready to help with your initial inquiry, who will quickly connect you with the lawyer that is best suited to handle your case – it’s that easy.
Alternatively, simply fill out the Free Case Review form at the top of this page.