There have been a series of hit and run accidents in Philadelphia, PA this past week.
June 9, 2015 – 68 Year Old Man Loses Leg After Hit And Run Accident In Center City
A 68 year old man was struck by a hit and run driver in Center City, Philadelphia in the early morning hours on Tuesday. The accident happened on Market Street between 11th and 12th streets. Unfortunately, little is known about the accident as there were no witnesses and no parts of the vehicle were found at the accident scene. The man is a well-known stage actor in Philadelphia and New York City. He is in critical condition and has not been interviewed by the police.
June 10, 2015 – 25 Year Old Man In Critical Condition After Hit And Run Accident On Roosevelt Boulevard
A 25 year old man was hit while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard at Front Street in the crosswalk. The accident happened in the early morning hours on Wednesday. The man is in critical condition suffering from several broken bones. He was unconscious after the accident and suffered from a broken pelvis, broken leg and bleeding in the brain.
The police are actively searching for both hit and run drivers.
Injured Victims’ Legal Rights After Philadelphia Hit And Run Accidents
In general, injured drivers, passengers and pedestrians have legal rights against at-fault drivers, i.e., they may file Philadelphia car accident lawsuits to financially recover for their damages and injuries. If the at-fault drivers flee the scene, does that mean accident victims have no legal recourse?
When a hit and run driver cannot be located, an injured victim might not be able to receive full financial compensation for their injuries. However, if injured victims have uninsured motorist coverage (UM) on their auto insurance policies, they will be able to make a UM claim.
UM coverage applies in two situations:
1. when the at-fault driver is not covered under an auto insurance policy; and
2. the drivers flees the scene of the accident, i.e., a hit and run.
The amount victims may financially recover from a UM claim depends on their injuries and the amount of coverage they purchased. If a victim purchased $100,000 in coverage, they may receive up to $100,000.
If an injured victim's damages are $80,000, they may receive $80,000 in a UM claim. However, if the victim's damages are $150,000, they will only receive $100,000 because that is the maximum limit of the UM coverage.
For more legal information about Philadelphia hit and run accidents, visit our car accident library.