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How To Make A Hit And Run Compensation Claim

By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 22nd June 2022. A hit and run claim is a form of legal action you can take if you’ve been injured on the road and the culprit flees the scene.

We understand how traumatic a hit and run accident can be, especially for those that have been hurt or injured. This can then be made much worse when the person responsible leaves the scene of the accident.

If you are one of the unfortunate few who have been unlucky enough to be injured in a road traffic accident which is not your fault, and the culprit has left the scene, you may be entitled to claim hit and run compensation even if you don’t have the details of the person who is at fault.

So if you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a hit and run accident, speak to our personal injury claims team today. You can reach them by:

Hit and run accidents in the UK may involve:

Here at Legal Expert, we have developed this guide to pursuing hit and run accident claims to help people put forward a successful personal injury compensation claim for their hit and run accident.

Select a section:

Making A Hit And Run Claim

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with all the information you will need for you to file your hit and run accident injury claim.

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Hit and run accident claims

This guide also intends to answer any questions that you may have regarding your hit and run injury compensation claim.

Read on to learn more about how exactly a hit and run accident is defined and what steps to follow if you are involved in this type of accident. We’ll also discuss the organisations which can potentially help with your claim and how to properly start the process of claiming.

We will also explain how you may be able to claim compensation on behalf of another party who tragically suffered a fatal hit and run accident. We’ll also talk about what you could do if a child of yours is hurt by a hit and run accident. We’ll also discuss potential compensation amounts which could be offered when making a hit and run claim. This guide also explains how these types of claims may be made on a No Win No Fee basis and how this can impact the process.

Many people are under the impression that they cannot claim personal injury compensation after they have been involved in a hit and run accident, but they are wrong.

If you are involved in a hit and run accident or you are hit by an uninsured driver, the motor insurance bureau is who we would be able to claim your personal injury compensation award from.

If you still have any hesitations or questions about claiming compensation following your hit and run injury, please feel free to contact one of our team, who will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

What Is A Hit And Run?

A hit and run accident is a road traffic accident in which a vehicle’s driver fails to stop at the scene of the occurrence to give their name, their car registration number, and/or any other information that they are required to give by law.

If you need a hand with what to do after an incident, our team can help you build hit and run accident claims. Just give them a call today for free legal advice.

Hit And Run Accident Statistics In The UK

It was recently reported by road safety charity Brake, citing information taken from the Department for Transport, that in 2020, 24% of fatal deaths on roads involved pedestrians. A further 10% involved pedal cyclists.

Pedestrians and cyclists are some of the most vulnerable to hit and run accidents as we’ve seen above.

In a further piece of research conducted by the BBC, who sent out Freedom of Information requests to all police forces in the country, they found that:

  • Between 2013 and 2017, hit and run crashes and accidents in England and Wales rose by 45%, from 19,239 to 28,010.
  • Research into why drivers flee the scene of accidents found that the most common reasons involve lacking valid insurance or a valid driving licence.

If you’ve been injured and want to pursue compensation through a hit and run claim, our team can help. Simply get in touch to find out more.

Further reading: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45982620

What To Do If You’re Involved In A Hit And Run Accident

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident where the driver has failed to stop, here at Legal Expert we understand that this can be very distressing and could possibly end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. Here are a few steps you should take if in the unfortunate event you are injured in a hit and run accident.

Immediately following the accident your wellbeing and the wellbeing of anyone else involved should be your number one priority.

If you or anyone else involved has been injured following a hit and run accident you should call 999 immediately. Alternatively, you can call 111 or 112 depending on your phone signal.

At the scene, you should try to gather as much evidence as possible including the driver’s car registration number if possible, any witnesses’ details including their name, contact details and address, also any photos you or any witnesses could take with your phone or camera will be significant for your compensation claim.

A hit and run accident should also be reported to the police as soon as possible or within 5 days of the accident, as you will need to do this to make your claim for compensation.

You can find some useful links at the end of this guide that may help if you or someone in your family has been involved in a hit and run accident.

And you can also speak to us directly if you’d like to learn more about making a hit and run claim.

What Is The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)?

The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) is the company that we will seek to get the funds for your hit and run accident, in the occurrence we cannot trace down the driver, or if the driver is uninsured.

This bill is paid through insurance premiums of motorists. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau work in partnership with insurance companies, Police and the DVLA. We here at Legal Expert will deal with your motor insurance bureau claim on your behalf.

You can find out more about making a hit and run compensation claim through the MIB by calling us on the number at the top of this page.

How To Begin A Hit And Run Claim

If you or someone you care for has been involved in a hit and run road traffic accident and you wish to go ahead with a hit and run claim, you may need some legal advice.

When you contact us, we will review your case for free without any obligation on your part to proceed. During this session, we will be asking you some questions which may include:

  • When was the accident?
  • Where have you been injured?
  • When did this happen?
  • What kind of medical treatment have you needed?
  • Do you have any long-term or permanent health issues because of your injury?

Once we have all the details of your accident and injuries together, we will then be able to advise you on what to do next. In most of our cases, we are able to offer your compensation claim under a No Win No Fee agreement.

We will then be able to move forward on your hit and run compensation claim on your behalf and aim to get you the most compensation possible based on the details of your injury and how much this is affecting your everyday life.

Something to keep in mind is that a time limit usually applies for starting a personal injury claim. Due to the Limitation Act 1980, a hit and run accident claim usually has to be started within three years from the date the accident occurred. If you’ve been hurt in such an accident, but the injuries from the incident were not immediately obvious, then the three-year limit applies from the day your injuries could be identified. This is alternatively referred to as the date of knowledge.

In some circumstances, the amount of time given to start a claim may be different. If it is a child who has been injured by a hit and run accident, this means the three-year time limit does not activate straight away. In fact, it will not begin until the injured party reaches their 18th birthday. The time limit for claiming can also be suspended (at least temporarily) if the injured party has insufficient mental capacity to make decisions independently.

In either of these circumstances, the injured party will be unable to start a claim on their own. However, a claim could potentially be started by someone close to the injured party, who is formally known as a litigation friend.

To discover more about what you can do to boost your chances of success in a hit and run compensation claim, get in touch today.

My Child Was Injured In A Hit And Run Accident – Can We Claim Compensation?

Yes, a parent/guardian can claim compensation on behalf of the child/minor (under the age of 18) if they’ve been injured in a hit and run accident. We can claim compensation from the MIB in the event you or your child has been involved in an accident in which the driver of the vehicle has no insurance.

Any compensation awarded to the child will be invested into a court approved fund until the child reaches the age of 18.

If the child has medical care fees or urgent needs then the compensation can be invested into a special trust fund, where this fund can be released by the trustee when they are needed.

To learn what else you can factor into hit and run accident claims involving children, please speak to our friendly advisers.

Can You Claim Compensation For A Fatal Hit And Run?

Here at Legal Expert we understand losing a loved one under these circumstances must be very distressing and traumatic, and we understand that there is no way that money can make up for the fact that you have lost your loved one, but it may be able to remove some of the financial burdens that can come along with such heartbreak.

In reference to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, dependents of the deceased can be entitled to claim compensation if someone else was at fault for the accident.

A dependent for hit and run accident claims can include:

  • Sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
  • A partner/spouse or ex-partner/spouse.
  • A person that has been living with the deceased for at least 2 years prior to the accident.
  • Biological children and other descendants including adopted children, stepchildren or civil partnership.
  • Parents or any other ascendants including grandparents, great grandparents and those who the deceased treated like a parent figure.

Can I Make A Hit And Run Claim If I Was Knocked Off My Bicycle?

Yes, you can claim No Win No Fee compensation if you’re knocked off your bicycle in a hit and run accident.

Cyclists are classed as vulnerable road users. They lack the protection afforded by a car body and seatbelt, despite them wearing helmets. Cyclists, being smaller, can also be hard to spot, especially if they have no lights on their bikes at night time.

These factors, as well as a failure on the part of drivers to judge the speed of cyclists, can lead to hit and run accidents.

If you’ve been injured in such an incident, you can call us today for free advice on making a hit and run claim.

Further Reading – Cycling Accident Claims

Hit And Run Compensation – What Can You Claim For?

When a victim has been involved in a hit and run accident, it is vital that they receive as much compensation as possible. After all, the disruption to their lives and their injuries have been caused after no fault of their own. As in all the cases we deal with we will aim to get your compensation to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When hit and run compensation calculations are being done, there are two key areas taken into consideration before we can consider your hit and run compensation amount. They are:

Special Damages in Hit and Run Accident Claims

In most cases, when making a hit and run claim, this would be through the MIB. Part of claiming for a hit and run accident could include seeking compensation for the losses suffered financially due to the incident. Potential losses you can claim for include:

  • Loss of earnings. If the injury has left you unable to work, you could potentially claim. If the injury is long-term or permanent, you could claim for future loss of earnings.
  • Travel costs. If you’re unable to drive, special damages could cover you for the taxi or public transport costs sustained due to this.
  • Medical expenses, such as prescription costs.
  • Home adjustments, such as care beds and stairlifts. These adjustments would need to have been applied due to the injury caused.
  • Care costs if, for instance, the injury requires you to have professional help in the form of a nurse or a carer.

Read on to learn more about what you could receive as part of a hit and run claim. If you would like more information about your potential compensation or want to see if you’re eligible, please contact us for free using the above details.

General damages

As part of hit and run accident claims, general damages are there to compensate for the suffering and pain suffering a hit and run victim has suffered because of the road traffic accident. One of our medical experts will access medical records, and will assess these, as well as ascertaining whether future suffering and pain will be likely.

General damages also consider how any injuries incurred will prevent the person injured from carrying on their usual day to day duties and activities, also if the injured party is able to continue life as it was before the incident occurred.

Loss of the quality of the claimant’s life which can cover tasks at home, hobbies, and any sporting participation will also be considered.

To learn more about what else you can include within hit and run accident claims, speak to our team of specialist advisers.

Compensation Payouts For A Hit And Run Accident

This guide previously addressed special damages which compensate you for the financial costs incurred as a result of the harm you sustained. However, this section focuses on general damages. General damages are the portion of your settlement that is to account for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.

When you make a claim against another driver, you would generally seek compensation through their insurance provider. However, in instances such as a hit and run accident, this may not be possible if the faulting driver cannot be located afterwards.

In these circumstances, making a claim is still possible through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). Legal professionals will use the same process of calculating your claim.

When settling on an appropriate amount, legal professionals address a few different resources. One of these is a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which was last updated in 2022.

We’ve included some examples from the JCG in the table below. Please keep in mind that the figures listed are not a guaranteed amount. They are only guidelines.

Injury SeverityCommentsTypical Compensation Amount
Severe chest injuriesThis payout is for the worst type of case, which will be serious heart damage and/or the total removal of one lung. Prolong and serious suffering and pain will be present.£100,670 to £150,110
Very severe ankle injuriesVery severe ankle injuries are unusual and limited. This includes transmalleolar ankle fractures, with extensive soft-tissue damage, which causes a risk of further injury and deformity.£50,060 to £69,700
Severe ankle injuriesInjuries where there is a lengthy period of being in a plaster or an extensive period of treatment.£31,310 to £50,060
Moderate ankle injuriesThis includes ligamentous tears, fractures, and alike, which give rise to disabilities that are not as serious as the above, for example, residual scarring, irritation from metal plates, awkwardness on stairs, difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time, and difficulty walking on uneven grounds.£13,740 to £26,590
Modest ankle injuriesThis refers to undisplaced, minor, or less serious fractures, ligamentous injuries, and sprains.Up to £13,740
Less severe arm injuriesThis amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/ or disability in arms but have can recover.£19,200 to £39,170
Minor head or brain injuryThe level of award will be determined by the absence or presence of headaches, the extent of continuing symptoms, the period taken to recover from any symptoms, and the severity of the initial injury.£2,210 to £12,770
Mental anguishFear of impending death£4,670
Less severe psychiatric damageDaily activities and sleep impacted.£1,540 to £5,860

If you want to find out more regarding how much a hit and run claim could be worth, get in touch today.

Top Tips On Proving Hit And Run Claims

Hit and run claims may increase the stress of an accident because the driver involved decided to flee the scene. This leaves you with the responsibility to try to gather any information that will help in proving any hit and run claims

Here are our top tips on proving a hit and run claim:

  • Obtain relevant evidence: Information about the location of the accident, the registration number of the fleeing driver, photographs of the scene and witness contact details are all important information to collect.  
  • Medical evidence: This could include records from the hospital from which you sought medical attention after the accident. Medical records could provide details of your injuries including the diagnosis you received and the treatment.
  • Evidence of costs incurred as a result of your injuries: You may have experienced financial losses due to the injuries you sustained, such as loss of past and future earnings, care costs and travel expenses. However, you must provide evidence to support these losses, such as receipts or payslips.
  • Police record: If it’s not possible to exchange details at the time of an accident, such as for hit and run accidents, the accident must be reported to the police within 24 hours if there has been damage to your vehicle or injuries sustained. A record of your police report will also have information that could help when you’re proving your hit and run claim was caused by negligence.

Hit and run compensation will be calculated on a case by case basis since each hit and run car accident is unique. The injuries are also unique and the financial losses incurred are also specific to that accident. The vehicles involved may vary too. For example, if you were involved in a car accident with a foreign vehicle, the process of claiming may differ.

At Legal Expert, our solicitors can help you make a claim on a No Win No Fee basis, provided your claim is valid and has a chance of success.

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Make A Hit And Run Claim On A No Win No Fee Basis

No Win No Fee means that you are only going to have to pay if you win your case, and our small fee will come out of your compensation so you will never be out of pocket. This fee is used to cover your lawyer’s costs and is capped by law.

You can be safe in the knowledge that as we do run a No Win No Fee service, we are not likely to take your case on if we are not certain that we will win as we would not get paid if your case was to lose. So basically, if you lose we lose.

There are other legal teams that may charge you an hourly rate and still may not win your case as they effectively have already been paid.

Therefore, it is always better to leave claims for a hit and run accident in the hands of our expert No Win No Fee solicitors here at Legal Expert.

How We Can Help You With Your Hit And Run Claim

We pride ourselves on treating each case with the sensitivity, priority and respect that it deserves.

When you combine the years of practice that our team have together we have decades of experience claiming hit and run compensation.

We have a dedicated hit and run specialist department that concentrates all its efforts to getting people the maximum amount of compensation that they are entitled to and that they deserve after being injured following your hit and run accident.

We fully understand that law can be very daunting and confusing at times, that’s why here at Legal Expert we try to help you without confusing you with all the legal jargon that can sometimes follow you when you’re claiming compensation.

We will provide a free of charge, no-obligation consultation so that you know from the very start if your hit and run claim has potential to succeed, you can also ask us any questions or fears you may have at this stage, and have the added bonus of being able to do so at no cost to you.

Our solicitors are of a very high standard and are regularly monitored by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA), these set the guidelines for which solicitors and law firms must follow.

One of the benefits of choosing our service is the fact that we always put our clients first. You can be sure that our main priority is securing the maximum amount of compensation for you from the hit and run driver responsible, and ensuring that the claim process is handled in the most efficient manner. We know that this is an extremely difficult period in your life, and the last thing we want to do is add to the stress you may be experiencing at this time.

As we also offer a No Win No Fee basis for our personal injury claims service, so you will never have to worry or be concerned about the cost of your hit and run claims.

So to learn more about how we can help you on a No Win No Fee basis, please call us today to discuss our legal services with a personal injury solicitor.

Learn More About Claiming Hit And Run Compensation

If you wish to make a hit and run accident compensation claim, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8804.

You will speak to one of the friendly and professional members of our team, who will be able to guide you through the claims process and answer any queries that you may have. We can also assist you if there has been a hit and run accident resulting in death, ensuring you get the fatal hit and run compensation that you and the family of the deceased deserve.

Learn More About Making A Hit And Run Claim

In this last section of our guide to hit and run compensation claims, we’ve included some more guides you may find useful.

Government Compensation For Victims Of Uninsured Drivers

This link will take you to a government hit and run website, it has a variety of helpful tips that may help you following your hit and run accident.

About The MIB

This link takes you to the motor insurers bureau website, here you will find all the information on the bureau that you may need.

Government Advice On What To Do If You’re An Accident

This link will give you guidance on the steps you need to take following an accident, including if the other driver doesn’t have insurance.

Car Accident Claim – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

If you have been involved in a car accident claim as a driver or passenger or even a pedestrian or cyclist, find out how much compensation you could claim by contacting our team today for free legal advice.

Whiplash Compensation Calculator

If you’ve suffered a whiplash injury and want to know how much compensation you could receive, this guide will tell you everything you need.

Bus Accident Claims

If you’ve had an injury in a bus accident, this guide will tell you how to claim.

Pedestrian Accident Claim

For more information on making a claim following a pedestrian accident, read this guide.

Car Park Accident Claims

Our article on this subject.

Can I Claim Compensation For Cycling Without A Bike Helmet?

Read to find out more.

Emergency Services Vehicle Car Accident Claims

Read on to learn if you could have a claim.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Emergency Braking Accident on A Bus?

Read this to learn if you can claim after an emergency braking accident on a bus.

Can I Claim Compensation Even If There Were No Witnesses To My Accident?

Find out by reading this guide.

Average Compensation For Back Injury Car Accident

Learn more about the average compensation for a back injury after a car accident.

Report A Road Traffic Accident

An article of ours on how to approach this task.

Hit And Run Accident FAQs

How much money can you get from a hit and run accident?

Personal injury claims, including claims for hit and run accidents, are valued on a case-by-case basis. This is because each claimant’s suffering is different and therefore calculated accordingly. Make sure to have a police report in the aftermath of the accident to influence what compensation you receive.

How much money can you sue for pain and suffering?

As mentioned above, claims are valued on a case-by-case basis. For a free consultation on how much you could claim, please get in touch today.

Can you claim compensation for a hit and run?

Providing third-party negligence caused you damage as a result of a hit and run accident, you could be able to hold them liable as part of a personal injury claim. This may include property damage, such as expenses to fix the car in question. So in short, yes, you can claim hit and run compensation.

What do you do if someone hits your car and leaves?

You should, firstly, seek medical attention. Next, collect any evidence you can, including photographs of the scene and witness contact details. Lastly, contact Legal Expert to see how we can help.

If you need any help or advice on making a hit and run claim, please get in touch. 

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