Police are searching for the driver of a white van that crashed into a car on the Schuylkill near Montgomery Dr. Tuesday morning, November 6, 2018. Witnesses say that a white van with tinted windows smashed into a car that spun out of control and flipped over killing one and injuring five more. It’s not clear whether the car spun out before or after its collision with the van.
Police are asking anyone with information about a white van with tinted windows with severe damage in the front, to contact them. You can click here for information on how to call, email or submit an online tip to the Philadelphia police.
Insurance Companies and Hit-and-Run Claims
The difficulty with a hit-and-run accident is that the driver who is at-fault is unidentified. This means that the injured may have to make a claim against their own insurance company. This can get tricky and complicated. Typical issue are:
- What injuries can I claim?
- Will my insurance just pay for damages to my car or will I get money for medical bills and lost wages too?
- What happens if my insurance pays me for my medical injuries and then they find the hit-and-run driver? Do I have to pay my insurance company back?
- Is my insurance company no longer on my side? Are they going to try and say it was my fault?
- What if they don’t believe me?
Many times, insurance companies that get hit-and-run claims are suspicious of the claims because there is a chance for fraud by the victim. This can put a strain on the relationship between the victim and their own insurance company.
Do I need an Attorney for a Hit-and-Run?
It doesn’t matter if the insurance company is yours or the other driver’s, they still have one job to do: pay as little as possible. Insurance companies don’t make a profit if they give out too much money, so they only pay out what they have to.
You need an attorney that understands hit-and-run law and has experience dealing with insurance companies. Don’t wait until they start treating you poorly before you contact an attorney. Some mistakes can’t be undone, so the sooner you have someone working for you, the better off you are.