How To Claim Compensation For A Hit And Run Accident?

How Much Can I Claim For A Hit And Run Accident?

No matter whether or not any property has been damaged or someone has been hurt, it is still a criminal offense if a driver fails to stop after a road traffic accident. If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, as well as the injuries you may suffer, these accidents can cause emotional trauma and could also end up costing you money. Hit and run accidents should be reported to the police and (if people are injured) the other emergency services. You should also contact and notify your insurance provider within 24 hours of the accident happening. This applies even if you are not making a claim against your own insurance.

If you are unfortunate enough to have suffered an injury by a driver who failed to stop, you may still be entitled to make a compensation claim, even if you can not identify the driver or do not have any details of the person who is liable for your injuries. Whilst this can make you claim more complex to conduct, our expert team can still help you.

In this guide, you find advice about the further steps you should take if you have been involved in a hit and run accident, as well as how bodies such as the Motor Insurers Bureau and solicitors can help you.

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A guide to hit and run accident claims

Before we go further into the circumstances around hit and run accidents and injuries, we need to establish who they can affect. Hit and run traffic accidents may involve drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, passengers, and cyclists as well as any other pavement or road user.

hit and run accidents A common question we see around hit and run claims is whether people can make compensation claims in these circumstances. Being involved in an accident and needing to make a hit and run claim can be a very distressing time. However, you should still be aware of your rights, as well as what you should do in the event of being involved in such an accident and how to make a compensation claim if the driver responsible is not traceable.

Hit & run accident claims are very common in the UK with many drivers simply driving of after an accident. This may be because the driver panicked, because they did not have insurance, or that they did not want to become involved in a legal procedure. Whilst it may seem hopeless, in cases such as these you may still be able to make a compensation claim through the MIB or Motor Insurers’ Bureau. This was designed to ensure that people who are injured due to someone driving off don’t have to suffer financially.

We have written this hit & run car accident claim guide to help people who have suffered a hit and run car accident (or other hit & run accident) to learn their rights and to find out how to make a successful compensation claim.

Hit and run accident statistics

Whilst the number of uninsured drivers on the UK’s roads has decreased, there has been an increase in the number of claims made to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB). The body compensates people who have been injured by an uninsured driver or in cases, such as hit and run accidents, where the driver failed to stop.

The number of hit and run claims made to the bureau increase from 12,884 in 2013 to 13,483 in 2014. Hit and run UK statistics show an increase and looking at London alone, we can see how prevalent this type of accident is, with 5,000 people being injured or killed on the capital’s roads in a single year (2015). These figures are continuing to rise and in 2017 hit and run incidents accounted for approximately 12% of all road traffic accidents which were reported to the police and which involved an injury.

What is a hit and run accident?

Any accident involving a vehicle (and potentially other road users, property or pedestrians) in which the driver responsible for causing the accident drives away from without leaving their name, contact information and contact details is called a ‘hit and run’ case. Hit and run accidents under UK law are considered a criminal offence.

Reporting a hit and run accident in the UK

There are circumstances in which it may not be safe for the driver to stop at the scene of the accident, such as if they felt the overall situation unsafe, or of they feel threatened by other parties at the accident. In such cases, the offending driver must report the accident to the police within 24 hours. Failing to do so is a criminal offence. Police hit and run procedure in the UK can often be to pursue criminal action against the offending driver. Punishment can range from 5-10 penalty points on a driving licence, disqualification from driving, a fine of up to £5,000, or a six month prison sentence. If the victim suffered serious injuries, or was killed as a result of the accident, the defendant may face sterner sentencing.

They may be unintentional

The majority of hit and run cases are unintentional, in that the driver did not intend to either cause the accident or to flee the accident after it has happened. In most cases, this is a spontaneous reaction as people fear criminal prosecution. Drivers who do not have insurance are much more likely to flee that other motorists.

What are the leading causes of hit and run accidents?

Of the 12% of accidents on the UK’s roads which lead to ht and run car accident claims half were traced through witnesses, such as other motorists and pedestrians. Leaving the scene of an accident which you caused without leaving your details is a serious offence. According to research carried out by the Motor Insurance Bureau, 45% of people responsible for this type of accident would not have done so had they known that it is a criminal offence to do so.

The most common reason for young drivers (those aged 16 – 34) to leave the scene of an accident was because they did not have insurance. This was followed closely by drinking and panicking or fearing what would happen if they stayed. Drivers over the age of 34 were more likely to leave the scene of an accident if they thought it was not serious enough to be reported.

It is recommended by the MIB, the police and is also a legal requirement that you have adequate vehicle or driver insurance in place.

What to do after a hit and run accident?

hat to do after a hit and run accident? If you have been injured in a hit and run accident and are worried about being able to claim compensation, don’t be. Whilst these claims may be harder to conduct, there are ways in which you can still prove that your injuries were caused by an accident which was someone else’s fault and in which you can make a compensation claim.

One of the first steps that you should take is to take the names and contact details of any witnesses who can confirm your account of the accident. Ask if anyone else got a clear view of the driver or noted the vehicles registration number.

Before you leave the scene of the accident take as many photos as you can of any damage to property, injuries to yourself or other supporting evidence. Try to take pictures from multiple angels and get images which show where the accident happened as well as the immediate area around it. Make sure any images showing damage to your property or injuries to yourself are as clear as possible.

If there were no witnesses don’t worry. The UK has one of the most extensive networks of CCTV cameras. After an accident, you have the legal right to ask for a copy of any CCTV recordings covering the accident scene.

What is the Motor Insurance Bureau?

The Motor Insurance Bureau is a company which will compensate victims in the event of being injured by a driver who does not stop, or one who is not insured. They are the party whom we will make a claim against if we are unable to trace the responsible driver. In the cases of claims made against the MIB, the compensation is funded through the insurance premiums of other motorists. The MIB works in conjunction with the police, insurance companies and the DVAL. Throughout your claim, we will liaise with the MIB to secure you the highest level of compensation possible. You can find further information on how the Motor Insurance Bureau helps people in this government guide.

Hit and run accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists

If you are a pedestrian and have been injured as a result of a hit and run incident, you could have a strong claim for compensation. If the vehicle mounted the pavement or if you were using a pedestrian crossing at the time, you will have an even stronger claim.

As with other drivers and pedestrians, cyclists who are involved in a hit and run accident may go through a traumatic event after which they often believe that they will not be able to make a compensation claim as there is not an identified defendant to claim against.

As with other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can make their claim through the Motor Insurance Bureau.

Types of hit and run accidents

Below we look more in depth at some of the different types of hit and run claims people make with us.

Fatal hit and run accidents

We understand that losing a loved one in a hit and run incident can be extremely traumatic and distressing. Whilst we understand that no amount of money can make up for your loss, it can help to alleviate any financial burden that may have come with this loss. According to the Fatal Accidents Act, 1976 the dependents of someone killed in a fatal hit and run accident are entitled to make a compensation claim. Dependents include;

  • A spouse or partner as well as ex-partners and former spouses.
  • Children and other descendants, including children who were adopted or those through a civil partnership or stepchildren.
  • Dependent parents, grandparents or other similar relatives.
  • Siblings, cousins, uncles & aunts as well as nieces and & nephews.
  • Someone who has lived with the deceased for more than two years prior to the fatal accident.

Children hit by uninsured drivers

In the case of a child hit by an uninsured driver, the parents of the child can claim on their behalf up until the child’s 18th birthday. After this age, the child can make a claim on their own behalf. Any money which is awarded to the child will be invested on their behalf in a fund approved of by the courts. This will be transferred to the child on their 18th birthday. If the child does require medical care or suffers other costs before they turn 18 the settlement can be invested into a trust fund. This can then be used to fund care when needed.

Whiplash hit and run injuries

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people suffer in a hit and run accident in the UK and are one of the most common hit and run car accident claims we process. In many cases, whiplash will get better by itself. However, in certain cases, it may require physiotherapy and can even become chronic.

What can you claim for after a hit and run accident?

If you have been injured by a driver who failed to stop after an accident you deserve to claim not just for your physical and psychological injuries, but also for any costs or expenses you have incurred as a result. There are two types of compensation which will make up the final hit and run compensation amount you will be awarded.

The first type is general damages. These are paid out on the basis of ‘pain and suffering’ the victim has suffered. Your injuries will be assessed by an independent medical expert who can ascertain the impact it has already had on your life, as well the likely impact in the future. General damages will take into account whether the injury will stop you from doing the things you usually do such as a hobby or sports.

Special damages are awarded for costs and expenses which you have incurred as a result of your injuries and the accident. They could be awarded for medical costs that you have had to pay or for other out of pocket expenses. The full range of special damages include;

  • Medical costs including; prescription medication and medical care, physiotherapy, and any other rehabilitative or palliative treatment needed.
  • Adaptations to your home or vehicle.
  • The cost of any home help needed.
  • Travel expenses.
  • Any lost earnings and/ or benefits.

Our team will always work to get your compensation settlement as quickly as possible.

Hit and run compensation claims calculator

As the circumstances of each accident and the injuries suffered are different, it can be difficult to estimate the total amount of compensation you could be entitled to claim. The table below looks at common injuries that people often suffer as a result of road traffic accidents. This can help to give you an idea of the amount of compensation that you could be entitled to claim. These guidelines show the different amounts of money you could be awarded for different types and severities of injury.

Body part and severity of injuryTypical Compensation AmountComments
Mild head injury£1,500 - £9,500Head injuries which have not led to brain damage, but which lead to lasting effects.
Serious head injury£215,000 - £310,00Head injuries leading to severe brain injuries and brain damage. Victims will have been left in an unresponsive vegetative state.
Milder arm injuries£4.500- £30,250Restricticted movement and/ or some level of disability in the arms but which a claimant will recover from.
Anticipated loss of earnings£10,000 - £400,000Settlements are based on your current pay scale, as well as future earnings prospects.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000As with earnings, this is calculated on actual income lost.
Pain and suffering£1,000 - £200,000May also be known as general damages. The level of pain experienced will affect the settlement.
Very severe ankle injury£38,050 - £53,000These injuries are both limited an unusual. They may include unusual fractures or soft tissue damage.
Severe ankle injuries£23,800 - £38,050Less severe than the previous category. There will be an extensive period of treatment after this.
Moderate ankle injuries£10,450 - £20,200Less severe than the category above. May include ligamentous tears, bone fractures, and similar injuries. Injuries may lead to less serious disabilities and consequences.
Modest ankle injuriesUp to £10,450These include less serious and more minor injuries. May still include tears and fractures.
Severe chest injuries£76,500 - £114,100These are the most serious type of chest injury. Examples could include the removal of a lung. Symptoms and affects will be life-long.
Simple chest injuries£9,575 - £13,650This category is for much simpler injuries. May still lead to permanent damage however.
Severe dislocation of the thumb£3,000 - £5,150
Minor head or brain injury£1,675 - £9,700Compensation settlements are determined by assessed symptoms.

How much compensation you could be awarded for special damages will be unique to your claim. Early in your claim, we will be able to advise you on what you could claim for. As these figures are unique to each claimant, we can not give you figures for what you could claim.

Why choose us as your claims management service?

No matter whether or not you are ready to start your hit and run accident claim, or whether you need any further advice and information about the overall process of making a personal injury claim, or how settlements are calculated, talk to our team today. Sadly, hit and run accidents are all too common in the UK and whilst they can be one of the more complicated claims we conduct for claimants, our team has the knowledge and experience to do so successfully.

We know any time you have to face using a solicitor or using legal services, even when you are right, can be very stressful. We know how important it is for our claimants to be treated with care and understanding. Our aim is to make the process of claiming compensation as streamlined and as easy for you as possible.

No win, no fee hit and run accident claims

If you have suffered any type of physical, emotional or psychological injury or illness which was caused by the hit and run accident which was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation, in these cases from the MIB. Historically, many people have been put off claiming compensation or taking similar legal action, because of the costs they anticipate incurring. However, the introduction of no win, no fee claims has allowed millions of people who would otherwise not be able to make a claim do so by removing any financial barriers or burdens in the way.

Accident Claims UK is proud to offer our clients Conditional Fee Agreements. Commonly known as no win, no fee agreements, they are a special type of contract under which a solicitor may provide services to a client. The contract will set out the work a solicitor will conduct for the client as well as their payment structure. It will set out what any fees will be, as well as when or how the payments will be made. The agreement should state that you will not have to make any upfront payments before they start working with you, or whilst the claim is being carried out.

The Conditional Fee Agreement will also set out that if the claim is unsuccessful, the claimant will not be liable for and solicitors fees or associated legal costs. Before you sign and agree on the contract, your solicitor will make sure that you have read it and understood what you are signing up for.

Contact Accident Claims UK today

At Accident Claims UK we have a dedicated and experienced team who are on hand to take your call and discuss the individual circumstances of your accident, injuries and claim. After this, if we believe you have a valid compensation claim we will be able to provide you with a no win, no fee solicitor or lawyer who can help you to make a claim. You can contact our team today by calling us on 0800 073 8801. You can also reach us by sending the initial details of your accident and injuries by email to office@accidentclaims.co.uk, or you can fill in our online contact form and request a call back here. However, you choose to contact Accident Claims UK, don’t delay. Contact us today and get the compensation you deserve.

Useful links

Penalty points and endorsements
Information from the government about endorsement codes and penalty points relating to motoring offences.

The consequences of failing to stop at an accident
Find out more about the very serious consequences of failing to stop at an accident if you are responsible.