Following a Chicago car accident, most people know that they are legally obligated to exchange insurance and contact information before heading their separate ways. Sometimes, however, car accidents take place where the at-fault party collides with another vehicle and flees the scene. If the at-fault party is unable to be located, it could leave the driver who was hit with little recourse against that hit-and-run driver for any physical injuries or property damage resulting from the accident.
In this situation, an injury lawyer will look to pursue an uninsured motorist claim against the accident victim’s own auto insurance policy. The carrier will essentially step into the shoes of the driver that fled the scene and pay on the claim.
According to a recent news report, a local hit-and-run accident left a local man dead and a woman severely injured. The crash took place when a Jeep traveling southbound ran a red light at an intersection and T-boned another vehicle heading east. That vehicle then crashed into another car heading north. The driver of the first vehicle hit by the Jeep died on the scene, and the vehicle’s passenger was sent to the hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The driver and passenger of the second car struck were not hurt. Local authorities suspect that the at-fault driver fled the scene on foot after the accident but were confident they would be able to locate the individual in question.