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What if I Was Forced Into an Accident Without Being Hit?

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colorado car accident lawyerA hit-and-run accident can be very frustrating, but there is greater hope of being able to identify the responsible driver based on damage to their vehicle. When another driver forces you to crash your car without actually hitting you, it can be trickier trying to identify them. It can also be even more frustrating knowing that the driver who caused your accident got away with not so much as a ding on their car, while you are left injured on the side of the road. There are still strategies an attorney can use to help you recover compensation for a miss-and-run collision. Identifying the liable driver may not be as impossible as it seems. Even if it does prove impossible, you may still be able to recover compensation using your own uninsured motorist insurance. Our firm can help you explore your options and discover the best way to get the compensation you need. 

What is a Miss-and-Run Accident?

A hit-and-run is when another driver hits you and then flees the scene. A miss-and-run is when another driver almost hits you, forces you to crash, and then flees the scene. Common types of accidents that fall into the miss-and-run category include: 

  • Near head-on collision - Maybe the other driver was trying to pass, or maybe they were just in the wrong lane. Either way, you had to swerve off the road on short notice to avoid a head-on collision. Instead of hitting another vehicle, you hit a tree or wind up in a ditch. 

  • Failed merge - Someone is determined to merge into your lane, and appears blissfully unaware that you are already occupying the space they are merging into. You have no choice but to abandon your lane and drive off the road. 

  • Intersection ignorance - You absolutely had the green light or it was your turn at the stop sign, but someone decided to plow into the intersection anyway. You had to swerve to avoid getting hit and lost control or took your chances with the side of the road. 

Finding the Responsible Driver

We have mentioned this in previous blog posts, but cameras are everywhere. Unless your accident happened truly in the middle of nowhere, chances are there was a traffic camera or a security camera nearby. Even if the accident itself was not filmed, you may be able to spot the vehicle leaving the area and get a plate number. Or, a bystander may have seen the accident and managed to catch more detail than you did. 

In other cases, the driver responsible may have been driving so recklessly that they were stopped by police a few miles down the road. A good lawyer can use these strategies to help you hold the right person accountable. 

Speak With a Larimer County, CO Car Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in a miss-and-run accident, Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. has ways of helping you recover compensation. Our resourceful Fort Collins car accident attorneys will conduct a complete investigation to search for the liable party. Call 970-225-2190 to start with a free consultation. 

 

Source:

https://www.carinsurancecomparison.com/traffic-camera-facts-you-should-know/

 

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