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Connecticut Hit and Run Accidents - What You Need to Know

What to do when someone causes an accident and leaves the scene.

When a driver hits a pedestrian, car, tuck, or bicycle he must stay at the scene. If the driver leaves for whatever reason, "without first stopping to render aid" the accident is considered a hit and run and is a crime in all 50 states.

Drivers flee the accident scene for many reasons. We have heard our share of stories from defendants who initially left the scene of an accident, none of which are acceptable! Regardless, the victim should treat the accident just like a car or pedestrian accident and follow all of the same steps. This means, call 911 and wait for the police to arrive, seek medical treatment if needed, take pictures at the scene, and consult an accident attorney before giving any statements even to their own insurance company.

If the driver is found, the above steps will make the case go much smoother.


In Connecticut if the runaway driver is not found, the accident is considered an uninsured motorist case (UM case). In this situation the victim may use his own auto insurance policy which is required to include UM coverage, to recover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as future medical expenses. This is another reason why you should not give a statement without consulting an accident attorney. Your own insurance company, just like any other company, does not want to pay for a car accident! We have seen this time and again and in some cases have had to go to trial because our clients own insurance policy refuses to compensate their own client! To learn more about what it is like to be involved in a hit and run accident, listen to Tasha's story here.

Hartfords uninsured motorist lawyer Frank McCoy has handled numerous uninsured motorists cases. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident contact our office for a FREE case evaluation, or call 860-244-9100 to speak with us now.