Recently in Philadelphia, two hit-and-run accidents occurred within three days of each other. These hit-and-run accidents were unique compared to the many other hit-and-runs that occur each year because they involved two sisters from the same family.
As Go Erie.com reported, a ten-year-old and a fourteen-year-old were both hit by drivers who fled the scene. This family is now facing large medical bills for the serious injuries their two children endured. Unfortunately, our Philadelphia accident attorneys know that many hit-and-run drivers are never caught. This leaves families to foot the bill for accident losses or to look for other sources of potential compensation that may be available to them.
Philadelphia Hit & Run Accidents Cause Serious Injury
The first of the two Philadelphia hit-and-run crashes occurred when the 10-year-old daughter was walking to her family’s home in the Kensington area. The young girl suffered a broken leg in the accident.
Three days later, the family received a call that their 14-year-old daughter had been hit while she was crossing the street near the family home. The 14-year-old suffered more serious injuries than her younger sister did, and her spleen had to be removed in an operation.
In both accident situations, the driver who hit the girls drove away from the accident scene. Under the laws in Pennsylvania, drivers are required to stay at the accident scene, provide their identifying information and seek help for the people they may have potentially injured in a crash. Because it is a crime to flee the scene of a car accident, police are looking for the two hit-and-run drivers involved in the two collisions.
What Families Can Do After a Hit-and-Run
Unfortunately, until police are able to find the driver involved in causing the accidents, the family is not going to be able to take legal action against the driver who was responsible. The driver who caused the accident is supposed to pay for serious injuries he or she causes, but this cannot occur unless the driver’s identity is known.
Without knowing the driver’s identity, those who were hurt or whose loved ones were hurt by a hit-and-run may need to look for an alternate source of compensation to pay for medical bills and losses arising from the accident.
The types of compensation that can be obtained will vary depending upon the situation. Pennsylvania is a choice no fault state, which means drivers can opt to buy personal injury protection (PIP). If your policy includes PIP coverage, then your children who are injured in a hit-and-run as they are walking down the street should be covered for their injuries as well. There is a cap on PIP benefits equal to the policy limits.
For those who did not opt into the state’s no fault system, it may still be possible to obtain compensation after a hit and run. If you had uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, then your own insurer can stand in for the driver who fled the scene. Your own insurance can pay for the damage costs, up to the policy limits of your uninsured coverage.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Flager & Associates today at 1-215-953-5200.