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What is the Average Hit and Run Compensation Amount?

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A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 36,500 people were killed and 4.5 million were injured in car accidents in the United States in 2019. While experiencing a car accident in normal circumstances is emotionally and physically distressing, dealing with a hit and run can make things even more difficult. Unfortunately, ValuePenguin’s hit and run statistics report that 10.1% of deadly crashes in California between 2012 and 2012 involved hit and runs. Here’s what to expect for a hit and run compensation amount.

Average Compensation for Car Accidents

Receiving compensation for hit and run accidents can be difficult. As an at-fault state, California deems the driver responsible for causing the crash pays for any damages or bodily harm. Unfortunately, some people flee the scene, all for varying reasons, but around one in eight drivers in the U.S. are not insured.

After a hit and run accident, it’s important to gather as much information as possible about the other driver, such as their vehicle make and model, license plate, appearance and any witnesses who may have viewed the crash. If the victim can identify the other driver, they can make a claim against the other driver’s liability insurance.

For those who are unable to identify the other driver, they cannot make a liability claim or property damage claim. They can use their uninsured motorist coverage (UM) to cover for bodily injury after a hit and run accident, but not for property damage. MedPay will also cover injuries. 

According to the Insurance Information Institute’s 2020 data on the average car accident settlement, we can determine that the average settlement for hit and run car accident injuries would be similar at around $20,235. A settlement will only come if they can get coverage from MedPay or UM. Unfortunately, MedPay and UM are premium insurance costs, and not every driver opts for coverage.

Crash Circumstances and Injury Severity

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It can be difficult to look at averages, as each case drastically differs depending on the severity of injuries and damages. For instance, the average pedestrian injury settlement is likely higher as pedestrians are more vulnerable if hit by a vehicle. In a survey from Martindale-Nolo, they found the average settlement to be $23,900. But of those who answered the survey, only 23% received 20,000 or more.

The NHTSA reports that the average medical costs, regardless of injury severity, was $6,822, and the average work loss was $23,238 per case. Of those cases, 75% received medical compensation from auto insurance. They also report that the average cost per claim in 2018 for bodily injury under personal liability was $13,008. For uninsured motorists, the average cost per claim was $11,344.

Can I Sue a Hit and Run Driver?

If the police can determine and find the driver who fled the scene, the victim can file a lawsuit. California’s Vehicle Code will take care of any criminal proceedings for failing to provide their information and help anyone injured in the accident. A victim may sue them for damages, including medical costs, loss of income, emotional distress and much more.Determining an individual’s deserved hit and run compensation amount depends on many factors, including the severity of injuries and the circumstance of the accident. Avrek Law provides free consultations that can give injured individuals more details and advice about their unique case. We have secured more than $1 billion in compensation for clients in over 45,000 client cases. Book your free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys today!

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