Let’s say you were injured in a motorcycle accident, but no one got a plate number and the person who caused the accident is gone. What is your hope of recovery? What can an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer do for you?
Report the event to the police, because hit-and-run cases are often solved by the police. The perpetrator is sometimes identified and brought to justice in both the criminal justice system and in the civil justice system.
If the hit-and-run driver is identified, we will bring an action against that driver just as we would anyone else would seek economic damages and non-economic damages.
We would also seek punitive damages because, when a driver knowingly strikes your vehicle in a manner that is likely to cause property damage and/or injury, that driver has an absolute duty to stop and exchange information. Typically, the perpetrator’s act of striking the vehicle is mere negligence. But, the perpetrator’s act of fleeing the scene in order to avoid responsibility is an intentional act, which gives rise to a punitive damages award.