Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Hit and run.....what next?

The term “hit and run” is unfortunately a phrase we hear from the news often.  Just today a 36 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following a hit and run incident in Leeds that left two children seriously injured and in Manchester it has been reported that three people have been hit by a silver Vauxhall Corsa that failed to stop.

In both of these incidents the pedestrians have been left with significant injuries. Much of the media reporting surrounding a hit and run accident is about tracing the perpetrator, the person who has left the scene. What if the perpetrator is not found? What happens to the victim, the person with the physical injuries, the mental scars and the financial losses?

Accidents can have a huge impact on people’s lives.  Many people are not prepared when they suddenly become unable to work because of injuries, the financial toll is great and the effect on the victims and the families is often life changing. Clients often say to me “it was a hit and run there is nothing I can do.” This is not true! 

The law in England and Wales protects victims of hit and run accidents. The Motor Insurers Bureau will pay compensation to victims of untraced drivers for injuries and financial losses. That applies whether the victim is a pedestrian or another road user i.e. another vehicle driver, passenger or a cyclist. This is subject to the Motor Insurers Bureau's criteria.

Claims to the Motor Insurers Bureau under the untraced scheme are regularly submitted by Forster Dean Solicitors.  Some firms of solicitors will charge for this service, however, Forster Dean ensures that all clients recover 100% of their compensation in MIB claims. We act on a no win no fee basis and there is nothing to pay win or lose.

Forster Dean Solicitors can provide assistance if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a hit and run accident. 
If you or a member of your family has been involved in an accident which has resulted in you sustaining injury and would like a free and confidential discussion with one of our specialised Solicitors, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 389 1978 or visit our website at www.forsterdean.co.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter (@ForsterDeanLtd) and find Forster Dean Solicitors on Facebook

Yvonne Hall
Office Manager and Personal  Injury Solicitor

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