Hit-and-run accidents are a stark reality on the roads of St. Louis, leaving victims in distress and uncertainty.

At Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse, we are committed to helping accident victims fight for the money they need to get through these challenging times. A hit-and-run can complicate the process of obtaining fair compensation.

Our goal is to provide the expertise and support necessary to navigate these complexities, ensuring that victims receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

With a 98% client success rate and extensive hit-and-run experience on our staff, the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse offer personalized and aggressive legal representation to accident victims. Call 314-241-1919 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Understanding Hit-and-Run Accidents

Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver involved in an auto accident leaves the scene before the situation is resolved. This is true if any driver leaves the scene — not just the at-fault driver.

In Missouri, if a traffic accident results in property damage, injury or death, drivers are obligated to:

  • Stop and stay at the scene according to the law

  • Provide their information

  • Assist anyone injured

  • Report the accident to the local police.

Leaving the scene is considered a hit-and-run and it carries severe legal consequences, including criminal charges as a Class A misdemeanor or a Class E felony, depending on the severity of the incident.

For victims, these incidents complicate the process of obtaining compensation, which can make it important to seek legal assistance.

At NGK Law, we help accident victims fight for the money they need for recovery, including seeking maximum compensation from uninsured motorist coverage, liable third parties and the hit-and-run driver.

Common Causes of Hit and Run Accidents

There are various reasons why drivers might flee the scene of an accident. Common causes include:

  • Fear of liability

  • Lack of insurance

  • Being unlicensed

  • Intoxication

  • Distracted driving, such as texting, eating or talking on the phone. This can lead to accidents where the driver may not realize they caused a collision.

Generally speaking, panic and fear of facing legal consequences often drive individuals to leave the scene.

Immediate Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Accident

The immediate aftermath of a hit-and-run accident can be overwhelming, but taking the right steps is crucial for your safety and obtaining compensation. Here are the steps you should take:

  1. Assess your safety and check for injuries.

  2. If you or anyone else is injured, or if your vehicle is immobile, call 911 immediately.

After ensuring your safety, follow these steps to document everything about the accident:

  1. Take photographs of the scene, any vehicle damage and any paint transfer from the other vehicle.
  2. Gather as much information as possible about the other driver and vehicle, including descriptions and the direction they headed.
  3. Check for witnesses and collect their contact details.

Reporting to the Police and Insurance Company

As we mentioned above, if a car accident results in property damage, injury or death, Missouri law requires you to call the police. To put it another way, if it’s more than a simple fender bender, the police need to be on scene.

The police you call to the scene will create a police report, which will be an important piece of evidence for your insurance claim. Provide the police with all collected details and evidence to assist with their investigation.

After speaking with police, inform your insurance provider about the accident as soon as possible, providing them with the same detailed information.

Pursuing Compensation for Hit and Run Victims

Victims of hit-and-run accidents have several options for seeking compensation. One potential avenue is filing a claim under the victim’s uninsured motorist (UM) coverage, which can cover damages in a hit-and-run scenario. If the at-fault driver is identified, victims can submit a claim to their insurance carrier or file a lawsuit against them.

Hiring qualified and experienced St. Louis car accident lawyers like Niemeyer, Grebel and Kruse can:

  • Increase the chances of maximizing financial recovery

  • Help navigate the complexities of dealing with insurance companies

Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Missouri

Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is required by law in Missouri. This type of coverage protects you if you are involved in an accident with a driver who does not have insurance or in the event of a hit-and-run. The minimum required UM coverage for Missouri insurance policies is $25,000 for bodily injury per person and $50,000 for bodily injury per accident.

UM coverage can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages resulting from the accident.

In hit-and-run cases, where the at-fault driver cannot be identified, UM coverage ensures that you are not left to cover the costs on your own, providing crucial financial support and peace of mind.

Filing a Claim Against the At-Fault Driver

If the hit-and-run driver is identified, victims have the option to file a claim with their insurance company or pursue legal action against the driver. This decision will depend on the circumstances of the incident and the advice of legal counsel..

Dealing with Insurance Companies

A hit-and-run lawyer can negotiate on your behalf if the insurance company refuses to cover a hit-and-run accident claim or even take the case to court. Lawyers handle settlement negotiations with insurers and other liable parties to ensure the best possible outcome.

Types of Recoverable Damages in Hit-and-Run Cases

Hit-and-run victims may recover compensation for economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. These damages are crucial for the victims’ full recovery and justice.

Economic damages include medical bills, loss of income, and out-of-pocket expenses, which are based on concrete financial losses and expenses. Non-economic damages cover intangible injuries such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Punitive damages are sought to penalize the at-fault party for reckless or malicious behavior.

Economic Damages

Economic damages, or compensatory damages, include losses with set numerical values like:

  • Loss of income

  • Hospital visits

  • Surgery expenses

  • Property damage

These damages are based on concrete financial losses and expenses, providing fair compensation for the victims.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages cover intangible injuries such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. Calculating these damages can be challenging due to the lack of receipts or invoices, but they are essential for the victims’ full recovery.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are typically only awarded in exceptional cases. They are intended to punish the at-fault party for reckless or malicious behavior.

There is no fixed formula for calculating these damages. Courts consider factors like the reprehensibility of the defendant’s conduct and their financial condition.

Why Choose NGK Law for Your Hit and Run Case

When choosing a hit-and-run lawyer, it’s essential to consider expertise, personalized client approach, and a proven track record.

NGK Law offers specialized legal representation for hit-and-run cases, with a 98% client success rate and over $1 billion recovered for clients. Our team, including top personal injury lawyers Mark Niemeyer, David Grebel and Michael Kruse, is dedicated to securing fair compensation for victims.

We provide personalized, thorough and aggressive representation for each of our clients, tailoring our services to meet unique circumstances. 

Personalized Client Approach

At NGK Law, we believe in providing personalized, thorough, and aggressive representation for each of our clients. We maintain open and honest communication throughout the process, ensuring that our clients are well-informed and supported every step of the way. This approach allows us to tailor our services to meet each client’s unique circumstances, helping them achieve the best possible outcomes.

Call us today at 314-241-1919 for your free case evaluation.

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