Most individuals are aware that a certain level of stress is present when an automobile accident occurs. There is an added level of worry and stress that accompanies more serious encounters, like hit and run accidents. If you or your loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident, our car accident lawyers want to help take that stress away from you. When hit and run accidents occur, the attorneys at Colombo Law work with various community professionals in an attempt to resolve the claim and get you the relief you deserve. For a risk-free initial consultation, contact Colombo Law today.
In a hit and run accident, the typical evidence a party obtains at the scene is missing. Knowing what to do and what not to do after a hit and run accident could make a huge difference in your claim. In the event the owner of the vehicle or responsible party is located, an investigation is necessary to try to recreate the accident and prove liability. It is important to understand that the person bringing the lawsuit bears the burden of proof in personal injury accidents. In addition, fault must still be proven in cases where an individual has been criminally convicted for an incident stemming from a hit and run accident. A proper investigation of a hit and run claim includes police reports, determining whether video footage exists in the surrounding areas, statements made by witnesses, and much more.
In the event that the responsible party is found, a civil lawsuit is necessary to obtain monetary compensation for your injuries. In addition to obtaining monetary relief for medical expenses, lost wages, damages to your vehicle, and any other out-of-pocket expenses, these cases also present unique circumstances for an award of punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded by the court as a form of punishment for particularly egregious actions. The difference between punitive damages and other types of damages is that punitive damages do not require the victim to suffer any additional types of injury. In West Virginia, there is a cap on the amount of punitive damages you may receive. Punitive damages are limited to four times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is larger.
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The Colombo Law firm is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. We are highly experienced personal injury lawyers who successfully handle hundreds of personal injury claims each year, obtaining justice and monetary relief for our clients. Contact us online or call 304-599-4229