Hit and Run: The Aftermath and How to Handle It

 

Being involved in a hit and run can be pretty terrifying. The shock sets in, you go numb, and you haven’t got a clue how to handle the situation. Don’t panic, it’s like that for most people. In fact, not panicking is the first thing to do. Take a few deep breaths, and gather your thoughts.

 

Check Everybody is Safe

Top of your list if you’re involved in a hit and run is to make sure nobody is seriously injured. Of course, if they have, make sure you contact the ambulance service immediately. It’s also important to ensure that your party – and vehicle if you’re in one – is clear of danger. The last thing you want to do is pose a hazard to other road-users and further endanger yourself and others.

 

Get the Details

If you have the chance try to get the details of the offending vehicle. Licence plate numbers, make and model of the car, the colour and any distinguishing features such as broken headlights, dents in the door, or even racing stripes can all be used to identify the car involved. Also, if possible, do your best to get a description of the driver. All of these are important and will come into play later, so it’s important to write these down – use your phone if you don’t have a pen and paper to hand. Check for witnesses to the collision too, and obtain what facts you can from them.

 

Report to the Authorities

With as many details as possible in your possession, you should communicate these to the police. You should also seek to contact your insurance company and make them aware of the hit and run. After this, please also arrange an appointment with your GP – although you may look and feel fine, it’s best to check there are no hidden damages to your person, and should anything happen further down the line, the accident will be on your medical records.

 

We know how shocking hit and runs can be. That’s why here at AYB Law we specialise in hit and run claims, so if you or anyone you know has been involved in an accident, you can receive the compensation you deserve. For more information about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 0443 495 or email us at enquiries@ayblaw.co.uk and our friendly, professional staff will be more than happy to assist.

What you should do after being hit by an uninsured or untraced driver

 

If you are hit by an uninsured driver you may be left feeling that you have no options. It seems like uninsured drivers get away with everything and drivers who have all the insurance they are required to are left to pay for everything from their own policies. It may seem like you have even fewer options if the incident is a hit-and-run and the other driver is never traced. So what exactly should you do if you are hit by an uninsured or untraced driver? What options do you actually have? This article will go through what you should do in this situation to get everything you deserve and are entitled to.

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) is the organisation that can help you in this situation. They are a not-for-profit business created to protect the innocent victims of uninsured or untraced drivers. The MIB are funded by insurance premiums paid by insured motorists in order to protect themselves. In a way it is an insurance to protect you from uninsured drivers. The organisation mainly delivers compensation for property damage and personal injury provided the innocent party has an insurance policy, no matter what it may be.

The process of claiming from the MIB often takes a long time as the organisation need to gather a large amount of information about the incident. One of the things that the MIB need to establish is the liability for the incident, and the evidence for this includes witness statements from numerous parties, which will take a significant amount of time to gather.

The process for dealing with untraced drivers is a bit more difficult and may take a little longer, but the MIB can still provide compensation for these incidents, so if you are involved in one then you shouldn’t feel like nothing can be done for you.

 

When you are involved in one of these accidents it is often very stressful, but here at AYB Law, we have an expert legal team who can help you through the processes involved in making these claims to ensure that you get all of the compensation that you are entitled to. Having a team like ours guiding you through the process will mean that you aren’t put under any more stress than you need to be after your incident. If you would like any more information on MIB claims, or any other form of injury claim, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 0443 495 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to deal with your enquiries.

UK Road Accidents – The Essential Facts and Figures

Here at AYB Law, we naturally talk an awful lot about various incidents of hit and run both in the UK and around the world at large. Given that fact that we specialise in hit and run claims, you can hardly blame us for this bias, but of course road accidents of a more ‘normal’ type are occurring all around our country too, and this frequently leads people to question just how safe British roads actually are.

 

Accidents on UK Roads

When you start to look into the numbers of accidents that happen on UK roads, it’s pretty easy to see that there is a lot of room for improvement. According to Fleet News, more than 30 people a week die when using British highways, and this is a figure which has been branded as, quite simply, ‘unacceptable’. Apparently, UK road deaths are now at their lowest recorded level, but the number of road causalities is still huge, and, if predictions prove to be correct, enough people to populate all of Reading will have died or been injured severely by the time we get to 2030.

Our Most Dangerous Road

Curiously, it appears that those who are driving for work-related purposes are far more likely to be involved in road accidents than other drivers are, as such people make up a full third of the weekly road casualty list. These sorts of statistics are perhaps the major reason why safety training could soon be implemented into the training procedures for such road users.

However, certain roads and areas of the UK possess a particularly grim reputation as well, so a lot is riding on improvement in these select areas. The Telegraph relates how the A285 is renowned as the most dangerous road in the whole UK, as this 12-mile stretch of coastal tarmac is the most consistently accident-prone route in the country, and the frequency of these occurrences is actually increasing. Between 2007 and 2012, the prevalence of accidents here grew by 16%, and a good number of other notorious UK roads displayed a similar reluctance to show statistical improvement.

What’s Being Done?

So what is being done to improve the safety on our roads? Well, National Road Safety Week is just over the horizon, and initiatives like this are constantly being used to encourage people to increase concentration, observation and anticipation when on and around roads and route ways. Another Telegraph article is also proposing the introduction of a ‘star rating system’ too, and, whilst this may not sound too helpful, it could well have a prolific effect upon road safety.

The idea of the system is that poorly rated roads would then be avoided wherever possible, and the local authorities who are in charge of such routes would be ‘shamed’ into improving the situation. Obviously, it’s far too early to determine whether such a scheme would be successful or not, but it’s definitely worth a try, and could go some way towards restoring lost faith in our country’s roads.

Hit and Run

Returning to the issue of hit and run accidents, what we see as being the hardest part of such situations is the uncertainty that plagues those who survive. The perpetrator has driven off and abandoned the victim, so will justice ever be served? That’s a question that you shouldn’t have to worry about when you’re recovering from an accident, so at AYB Law we’ll guide you through the whole process according to a no-win, no-fee policy, and our proven team of solicitors has an excellent track record for success. To find out more about how we could be helping you, contact us now by phone on 01772 250605 or 0800 0443 49 today.

The Global Problem of Hit and Run

Here at AYB Law, we talk a lot about the problem of hit and run accidents in the UK, and also the consequences of these sad occurrences. However, in focusing upon the UK – a quite natural bias, considering our location – we sometimes risk losing the global perspective that shows that hit and run is a problem of truly international proportions, and many other countries are experiencing just the same problems as we are.

 

Hit and Run in California

In the recent news, one prominent case has arisen concerning a hit and run accident in California. According to the BBC, the tragic happening took place at Halloween, and left two 13 year-old twins and their friend dead. The incident unfolded in the early hours of Halloween evening, and brought an abrupt end to what should have been an enjoyable time of costumed trick-or-treating.

Watched by a crowd of around 200 people, the efforts of paramedics were unable to save the children in question, but as usual in these situations it was the actions of the vehicle driver that remain the focus of attention. The SUV that struck the three girls failed to stop after the accident, choosing instead to flee the scene. Police later found the SUV abandoned in the immediate vicinity, and a substantial initiative to find the two occupants of the SUV was soon underway.

Road Casualties at Halloween

However, this was by no means an isolated incident, as another road accident concerning trick-or-treaters was also reported in Washington State. Columbian police related how a car ‘jumped the kerb’ and severely injured two 7 year-old girls and a 20 year-old woman. Elsewhere in the USA, New York State saw more injuries and fatalities from road accidents, so it’s fair to say that this year’s Halloween was tinged with sorrow for many people.

The big difference with these latter cases, as opposed to the aforementioned California incident, was that the drivers of the vehicles in question remained at the scenes of the accidents, and have chosen to cooperate with the police. The situations may still be hugely distressing for those involved, but the added stigma of hit and run is therefore not present, and when you are trying to come to terms with an upsetting situation, every blessing, however small, is a welcome one.

Why is Hit and Run Different?

Cases of hit and run are even more traumatic than more ‘ordinary’ road accidents because of the added psychological element. Even if the victim of a hit and run survives their ordeal, being abandoned at the scene often takes as long, if not even longer, to come to terms with as the injuries. Sometimes, there are also fears that justice may not be served. If the perpetrator doesn’t come forward, how can anything be resolved?

Here at AYB Law, we’re highly experienced when it comes to dealing with hit and run claims in the UK, and we can fully appreciate that anyone who has been involved in such an accident, wherever they may be, will want to see justice delivered. We can tell you that a measure of financial compensation is always on offer within such situations – as it is in cases where an uninsured driver is involved – and our experienced solicitors are on hand to handle cases on our home turf.

Of course, people are sometimes reticent to pursue a claim because they’re worried about losing out in the event that the claim proves to be unsuccessful, and that’s exactly why we operate strictly according to a no-win, no-fee policy. This safeguard allows you to place a claim with total confidence. If you’d like to find out more, contact us now by calling 01772 250605 or 0800 0443 49 today.

Uninsured Driving – The Rights

Uninsured driving is a sad fact of everyday life, and there are literally thousands, even millions, of uninsured vehicles on the road at any one time. Sometimes, people can get very concerned over their rights if they’re involved in a collision with an uninsured vehicle. If the vehicle in question proceeds to flee the scene, or no insurance is in place, how on earth will justice be served?

 

The Cry for Justice

There’s a very similar train of thought running through the navigation of hit and run claims. If the perpetrator drives away, how will any form of justice be attained? Sometimes, the penalty that’s attached to such incidents can seem to be fairly lenient too, at least in the sense that it can take a long time to establish one. A recent incident of hit and run in the London area is a great case in point, as the arrested parties have now been released on bail. According to the BBC, this case brought about fatal consequences, but reaching a successful verdict is still proving to be difficult.

Uninsured Driving Penalties

When people are involved in such an incident, they want the resolution of the situation to be swift; becoming mired within a complex web of legalities is not what’s required. What needs to be emphasised is that systems are in place to help within such situations, and they do work. Uninsured driving currently carries a penalty of up to £5,000 worth of money in fines, as well as between 6 to 8 points on your licence. This is, of course, on top of the possibility of immediate disqualification, not to mention more severe legal consequences where relevant. The chance of financial recompense for the wronged party is also on offer, but where exactly do you stand during such a procedure?

Where Does the Blame Lie?

The first thing that must always be established is where the blame lies. If an accident is judged to be entirely your fault, then, regardless of insurance, nothing like compensation can be sought out. For example, if you were to hit another vehicle from behind, then ‘insured’ or ‘uninsured’ really doesn’t even come into it. You’d be at fault regardless. However, uninsured drivers are (technically, at least) responsible for all damages that they have directly caused, so all reimbursement when they are found to be at fault comes directly from them.

Where Does the Reimbursement Come From?

The concern that people usually have is that an insured driver will have scant means to recompense the injured party. The main reason for driving without insurance is to save money, and so the assets to meet financial liabilities are not likely to be in place either. As such, people tend to think that any form of reimbursement is not going to happen, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The Motor Insurer’s Bureau has been on the go since 1946, and, if you’re forced to claim on your own insurance during the resolution of an accident with an uninsured vehicle, they’ll compensate you, ensuring that victims of uninsured driving don’t suffer in a financial sense.

Motor Insurer’s Bureau Claims

Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB) claims can even be placed when both the uninsured vehicle and the uninsured driver haven’t been identified. Although no property damages can be pursued in such a case, a personal injury claim is still an option, and here at AYB Law we can guide any affected party through any MIB claims that may have come their way. What’s more, because of our no-win, no-fee policies, you can rest assured that you won’t lose out even in the unlikely event that a claim should prove to be unsuccessful, so you can trust us to deliver the results that you’re looking for. To contact our team, call 01772 250605 or 0800 0443 49 today.

Uninsured Driving the Number One Cause of Licence Loss

Uninsured driving is no new problem, but the latest studies suggest that it could well be even more prevalent than some people think. Plenty of new drivers lose their licences within a few years of first passing their driving tests, but apparently the number one cause for licence loss in such new drivers is the crime of driving without insurance, with more than 40,000 drivers being banned to date.

 

Uninsured Driving – On the Rise?

The information in question is conveyed on the website of insurance company Admiral, and suggests that uninsured driving is the primary cause that leads to new drivers losing their licence within 24 months of acquiring it. Other offences such as speeding, not accounting for identity and lack of vehicle control ranked highly too, but ‘no insurance’ tops the list. Uninsured driving has seen a decrease in recent years, according to some sources, but now new changes in the use of tax discs are leading people to speculate whether the practice could become far more commonplace again.

As of the October 1st, tax discs no longer have to be displayed in UK cars, with an online payment option being implemented instead. Number plate recognition systems will be relied upon to bring people who aren’t paying to justice, yet some wonder whether such methodology won’t be easier to foil. No evidence has yet been produced to prove that this will be the case, but the worry is there, and the need to crack down on uninsured driving is therefore even more prevalent than usual.

Cracking Down on Uninsured Driving

Numerous areas of the country are stepping up their efforts to combat uninsured driving, and various approaches are being adopted. For example, police in Dorset are currently in the process of launching a 5 year plan that’s set to seize uninsured vehicles in ever increasing numbers. The plan has been ongoing since 2011, and almost 900 vehicles were detained over the course of last year alone. London, too, has seen a substantial crackdown as of late, so measures to combat this long-standing problem are definitely underway.

At present, the single largest motive to drive without insurance is the comparatively high cost of that protective measure. Young drivers in particular are tempted to ‘save money’ by neglecting insurance, so it’s scarcely any wonder that driving without insurance is the single greatest reason for ‘new’ drivers to have their licence revoked. Statistically speaking, young men are the most common offenders when it comes to uninsured driving, but it’s a problem that comes from all walks of life.

Making an MIB Claim

The current punishment for driving without insurance equates to a £200 fine and six points on your licence, but many people worry that, when a driver simply flees the scene of a crash, justice won’t be served. The Motor Insurer’s Bureau was set up as a ‘safety net’ in 1946 for just such an eventuality, allowing victims of uninsured driving to attain a measure of compensation. MIB claims are also one of the areas that we specialise in at AYB Law, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’ve been involved in an accident of this description.

MIB claims can often be fairly complex, and so we promise that we’ll be able to guide you through this process in the simplest possible way. We know that, after an accident involving an uninsured driver, the last thing you want to get involved in is a confusing claim process, so our personal injury lawyers will carry out the claim according to a no-win, no-fee policy. To find out more, call 01772 250605, 0800 0443 495 or fill out our contact form today.

Uninsured Drivers: Still A Big Problem

According to government regulations it is illegal to drive a vehicle on a road or in a public place without at least 3rd party insurance. Currently being caught driving without insurance could result in a fine of £300 and 6 points on your license, and if the case goes to court then the consequences can be even more serious. Despite these penalties there are still a significant number of individuals who do not have insurance for their vehicles and the problem of uninsured drivers continues. Indeed according to recent news article UK police seized nearly 90,000 cars from uninsured drivers in 2013 and it is estimated that one million currently illegally drive without cover.

Why are uninsured drivers such a problem?

There are a number of reasons why uninsured drivers are problematic, not least because they are breaking the law. A key issue with uninsured drivers is that they increase the cost of car insurance for other law abiding drivers. For example it is estimated that uninsured drivers add £33 to the cost of every motor insurance policy.

Being involved in a car accident is stressful at the best of times, however if the situation involves an uninsured driver then things can get even more problematic, especially when it comes to making an insurance claim.

Fortunately if you have been involved in an incident with an uninsured driver, in which injury or damage was caused to you or your property, then there is help available, and you may be able to claim compensation from the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The MIB is a non-profit-making organisation that compensates victims of uninsured drivers.

For example if you are injured in an incident with an uninsured driver that was out of your control, you can pursue an MIB claim to receive compensation. However this can be a rather tricky process and there are numerous rules and regulations that must be adhered to. Yet there is help to be had, and here at AYB Law we are specialists when it comes to making MIB compensation claims and can help you to get the compensation you deserve. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our knowledgeable experts will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

What Exactly Counts as Hit and Run?

As a specialist solicitor service that deals with the acquisition of hit and run compensation, we naturally have an awful lot to say about the problem of hit and run crimes in the UK, but sometimes people can be slightly unclear about what an incident of hit and run actually is. Of course, the obvious definition is where a driver flees the scene of an accident that they have caused, but is there more to it than that?

 

The Definition of Hit and Run

In terms of a legal definition, the crime of ‘hit and run’ can apply to any driver of a vehicle who knowingly suffers a collision, and then consciously elects to forgo giving their details to the required sources. These details include their name, licence number and other such information that might be required by the injured party, but what is often overlooked is that a hit and run crime isn’t forced to involve damage to a person; property counts as well.

Property Damages

In actual fact, a driver who hits another empty vehicle, or indeed another piece of property, is guilty of a hit and run offence if they then leave the scene of the accident. The simple act of failing to provide the necessary details is enough to incriminate them. When a person is not injured, leaving contact details upon the damaged property is enough to assuage the accusation of hit and run, as is confessing the damages to the police.

Complexities

However, sometimes the definition of hit and run can get even more complex as well, such as in cases where a driver initially leaves the scene of an accident, only to then return to the location when they have parked their car, for instance. Regardless of the complexities though, strictly speaking, a hit and run takes place at any time where a driver causes damages to a person or their property, and then fails to take responsibility for their misdemeanour.

The Consequences of Hit and Run

As you might expect, the legal consequences of failing to ‘own up’ to causing a road traffic accident can be severe, as the act of withholding information adds further fuel to an already problematic situation. On sad occasions where the hit and run has resulted in the death of a victim, the prison sentence will be very lengthy indeed. A recent BBC story relates the case of a man who killed a 22 year old student in a hit and run crash, and, despite later confessing to his offence, his sentence is still likely to be substantial.

For the injured party (or parties), there is always the possibility of hit and run compensation, and here at AYB Law we believe that this is only right and proper, given the fact that no fault lies with the victim. If you, or someone that you know, has been involved in an incident of hit and run, then don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team now by calling 01772 250605, 0800 0443 495 or by filling out our online contact form. We’ll always be on hand to help.

Hit and Run Chase Leaves Woman in Hospital

A woman from North London is currently recovering from an incident where she was struck by a car fleeing from the police in Shepherd’s Hill, Highgate. The car in question – a Ford Focus – was a stolen vehicle, and was being chased by the police when it collided with a woman in her early 20s, leaving her in a critical, but thankfully now stable, condition.

 

According to the BBC News website, the victim sustained injuries to both her head and legs, and upon seeing her fall the police instantly ceased their pursuit to assist her. The perpetrator of this hit and run incident has yet to be arrested, although the car has been located, and strong appeals are still being made for eyewitnesses to come forward.

This is at least the second very recent hit and run incident that has left a pedestrian injured, yet ultimately on the road to recovery. Another notable accident in Greater Manchester saw an 11-year old boy ‘mowed down’ by a turquoise Honda Civic, yet incredibly the injuries that were sustained by this boy were only minor.

The Telegraph reports how CCTV footage showing the incident in full has been released to the public, and once again appeals to witnesses are being made. The driver has also been given the opportunity to step forward of their own accord, but, given the fact that this person left the injured boy lying in the road with seemingly no regard for his welfare, it is doubtful whether they will now choose to approach the police.

The thing that always shocks people about hit and run accidents is how the driver of the offending vehicle could leave an injured person, essentially abandoning them to their fate. PC Adrian Spurrell – involved in the investigation of the Greater Manchester incident – has stated that such an offence ‘shows a worrying level of apathy and regard’ for the welfare of a victim, but of course the psychological complaints of the offender are usually far overshadowed by the trauma of the victim.

Even if a hit and run victim survives their ordeal relatively unscathed, the experience of being left in their injured state can leave long-lasting psychological scars, and here at AYB Law we believe that such grossly wronged persons should be able to pursue hit and run claims; a measure that goes a small way towards giving them a level of justice.

If you, or someone that you know, has been involved in a hit and run accident, then don’t hesitate to contact our professional and sympathetic team today. Call us now on 001772 250605, 0800 0443 495 or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll always endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Hit and Run Incident Leaves Kent Police Officer In Hospital

In Larkfield, Kent, a serious incident has come to light in which a police officer was seriously injured by a hit and run driver during a routine stop. The officer’s condition has been described as stable, but serious. Incidents like this serve to highlight the serious damage that a hit and run incident can do.

We’ve spoken time and time again about how much damage hit and run accidents can cause, both physically and mentally. This incident is just the latest in a long line of tragic accidents that could all too easily have seen someone killed, and indeed, sometimes do. Fortunately, in this instance the officer was rushed to hospital where he can receive much-needed care.

 

Furthermore, the offender in this instance came forward to the police. Although they failed to take responsibility in the immediate aftermath of the incident, justice can now take its rightful course. This is a luxury and a relief that is denied to many victims of hit and run crashes. All too often, those responsible for hit and run accidents never come forward, and are never found or held responsible for their actions, offering little closure to the victims.

The denial of this emotional closure is one of the crueller aspects of a hit and run, but the financial burden it imposes on the victim can be equally devastating. Failing to stop and provide insurance details places the onus on the victim to cover damage and medical bills – a concern that they shouldn’t have to deal with during such a traumatic time. Fortunately, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) can help to provide financial relief.

Here at AYB Law, we’re proud to be specialists in helping the victims of hit and run incidents. We can pursue MIB compensation claims on your behalf, meaning that you can have the financial support you need, without the stress and worry of having to pursue it yourself whilst you’re still recovering from a traumatic accident. To find out more about the services we can offer, get in touch now using the form on our contact page, or call us now on 0800 0443 495.