If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, you need to know your rights. You may be facing high medical bills, pain and suffering, and time away from your job that you cannot afford. A car accident attorney can guide you through this difficult time, and help you pursue the full and fair compensation to which you may be entitled under the law.
At Studinski Law, LLC, our experienced car accident lawyers understand the challenges you may be facing after a hit and run accident. We are dedicated to doing everything possible to help locate the driver who fled the scene and hold those who caused your injuries accountable for their negligence.
After an accident in Wisconsin, drivers have a duty to stop their vehicles. If someone struck your vehicle and continued driving, or stopped momentarily then drove away without exchanging information or offering help, that driver could face criminal charges, as well as civil liability.
Wisconsin law is clear on hit and runs: When drivers are involved in collisions and know or have reason to believe that they caused property damage, injury, or death, they are obligated to stop their vehicles as close to the scene of the crash as is safely possible.
Once stopped, the driver must then:
If a driver causes a wreck and flees the scene of the accident, he or she can face criminal charges. The penalties for a hit and run vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. The driver may be charged with a misdemeanor if you only suffered minor injuries. A misdemeanor hit and run charge is punishable by up to nine months in jail, probation, and a fine of up to $10,000. If you sustained serious injuries in the crash, the driver who fled the scene may be charged with a felony. This means that the driver could face up to 15 years imprisonment, probation, and a fine of up to $50,000. If the accident resulted in death, the negligent driver could face a more serious felony charge which could result in up to 25 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.
If you’ve been hurt in a hit and run collision, call the police right away. Police officers and emergency personnel will ensure you receive the immediate medical assistance you require and will work to locate the driver who caused your wreck. Once you’ve obtained any necessary medical care, contacting a car accident attorney should be your next priority.
Following a hit and run accident, a car accident attorney can help you by:
Depending on the extent of your injuries and the details of your case, you may be entitled to damages for your:
If you were hurt in a hit and run accident in Wisconsin, it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Studinski Law, LLC has built a reputation for excellence serving clients in a wide variety of motor vehicle accidents. We understand the hardships you may be facing and we are committed to helping you pursue the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries.