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What You Need to Know About Hit and Runs

July 29, 2013Car Accidents,Firm News

Four people were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries this morning in a hit-and-run accident near Tower Grove Park. According to the authorities, a van hit the vehicle at an intersection, causing the vehicle to spin, eventually stopping when it reached the sidewalk. The driver of the van fled immediately following the accident. Law enforcement officials are still on the lookout for the driver responsible. There is currently no information on possible suspects and potential causes of the crash will likely not be known until the driver of the van is apprehended.

In the event of a hit-and-run accident such as this, victims can only hold the at-fault driver responsible if they know who the at-fault driver is. If law enforcement is not able to apprehend the driver responsible for this hit-and-run, then the victims may only be able to receive compensation through their uninsured motorist policy. In the state of Missouri, all drivers are required to carry UM insurance in their auto insurance policy. The state of Missouri requires that every driver possess at least $25,000 UM coverage per person bodily injury and $50,000 per accident bodily injury (Missouri Department of Revenue).

If the hit-and-run driver is apprehended by law enforcement, then they will not only have to face insurance penalties but criminal penalties as well. It is against the law to fail to stop after an accident resulting in property damage or injury according to the Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 304- Traffic Regulations. If you were injured in an accident with either an uninsured motorist, or an accident where the at-fault driver fled the scene, then you may still be able to recover financial compensation to pay for your medical bills and related expenses. To learn more, please contact a St. Louis car accident attorney at Goldblatt & Singer PC today.

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