Who pays for hit-and-run car accidents in Kansas?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2023 | Auto Accident, Injuries

Hit-and-run car accidents are unfortunately quite common in Kansas, leaving victims with significant property damage, injuries and medical bills.

Just this month, an unsuspecting pedestrian ended up in critical condition when a Hyundai Sonata spun in the bystander’s direction after a crash. A month before, an elderly woman was crossing Bennington Ave when a vehicle hit her. She also sustained life-threatening injuries. Both drivers at fault ran off after the accident.

When the at-fault driver flees the scene, figuring out who is responsible for the damages can be challenging. However, understanding the rules and regulations surrounding hit-and-run accidents in Kansas can help victims get the compensation they deserve.

Insurance coverage

In a hit-and-run accident, if the at-fault driver is not found, the victim can still seek compensation through their insurance policy under the uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage can also help cover expenses if the at-fault driver does not have enough insurance to pay for the damages.

After the incident, victims would be wise to report what happened to the authorities immediately. Insurance companies may require a police report to support a claim, so calling the police can be vital.

Legal options

If the victim suffers serious injuries, significant property damage, or other losses exceeding their insurance coverage limits, they may pursue legal action. However, the victim may have limited choices since finding a person on the run may be challenging.

Although they have two years to initiate a lawsuit from the accident date, it won’t be ideal if the case drags on for too long. Talking to an attorney can help them access critical investigative resources that make finding the driver easier and hold them responsible.

Road to recovery

Hit-and-run car accidents can leave victims with significant financial and emotional distress. No one would want to face this adverse situation. But if this happens, victims and their families should know that insurance coverage and legal options may be available to help parties seek redress and get on the road to recovery.


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