Proficient Louisville Attorney For Hit-and-Run Victims
Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in Kentucky and just about everywhere else. It is infuriating and distressing to realize that not only have you suffered injury through the careless behavior of someone else, but also that the driver who caused the crash is attempting to evade liability by running and hiding.
People usually “run” from accidents for a reason. They either don’t have insurance, maybe don’t even have a valid license – and/or simply don’t want to be held accountable for their bad driving. When a driver hits a bicyclist or pedestrian, expensive catastrophic injuries are common – so drivers often run to evade consequences. Likewise, DUI offenders are disproportionately represented among hit-and-run perpetrators, for obvious reasons.
A View From Both Sides of the Table
Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC founder Seth Gladstein worked for six years as a defense attorney for personal injury claims. During this time he learned all of the tricks and tactics that defendants and insurance companies like to use to defeat claims like yours. Now he represents injured victims, not evasive defendants – and he can see right through their bag of tricks.
We are experienced in handling all kinds of auto accident accident claims. Although at least some of your damages will likely be covered by insurance even if the driver is never found, if available coverage is insufficient, we can help. We investigate the accident to determine who was at fault, and we will fight to see that you receive every penny you need and deserve.
Your Claim Might Be Worth More Than You Think
As an injured victim, you are entitled to full compensation for every aspect of your losses. This includes medical bills, lost earnings, intangible losses such as pain and suffering, and perhaps even punitive damages. We know how to calculate the value of your claim and make sure you receive its full value.
A Word From a Gladstein Client
“Seth kept me informed as my case went along. He settled my case quickly compared to how long it normally takes. He really cares about his clients, even stopping at the hospital to visit me when I was in there. I would definitely recommend him.” – Ronda.
Other Types of Cases We Handle
Hit-and-run accidents are not the only kind of claim we handle. We regularly handle cases involving:
Contact Gladstein Law Firm today online or by calling 502-855-4177.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will PIP insurance cover a hit-and-run accident?
Yes. Kentucky is a “no-fault” auto insurance jurisdiction. Every driver is required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance with coverage limit of at least $10,000. PIP insurance will cover your injuries in a hit-and-run accident (up to the limits of your policy) even if the driver is never located.
What is UM/UIM auto insurance?
- UM, or Underinsured Motorist Coverage, covers compensation when the defendant’s insurance coverage isn’t enough to meet your compensation needs.
- UIM, or Uninsured Motorist coverage, covers compensation when the defendant is uninsured (which is against the law in Kentucky).
UM/UIM coverage is optional, and in principle it applies to hit-and-run accidents.
If the other driver left the scene of the accident, does this establish his liability for the accident?
Not necessarily, because leaving the scene of the accident could not have caused the accident to happen in the first place. It might, however, indicate that the driver left the scene because he knew the accident was his fault. The driver will, of course, be subject to criminal liability.
What kind of claim should I file if my loved one died in a hit-and-run accident?
The personal representative of the victim’s estate should file a wrongful death claim. Damages go to the victim’s estate and close relatives, and may include:
- Burial, funeral and legal expenses (to the estate)
- Compensation for loss of care, companionship, guidance and support (to close relatives)
KY Skilled Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer: If You Don’t Win, You Don’t Pay
Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC works on a contingency basis. Our initial consultation is free, and any fees incurred after that only come due after your recovery arrives. Since our fee is calculated as a percentage of your recovery, you are guaranteed to come out ahead. And if your recovery is zero, our total fees will be zero.
When it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim, time is of the essence, because evidence can deteriorate quickly. To get started pursuing your auto accident injury claim, contact us online or call us at (800) 991-0474 today. If you can’t make it to our offices in Louisville due to injury or some other reason, we will come to you.