While a rollover accident is most often associated with big trucks, they can happen to any vehicle, and are often quite serious. One such accident happened in Spokane on Saturday, November 25, 2023.
According to the story from KREM, at least one person was injured in a rollover accident on North Ash Street around 1:00 p.m. The Spokane Police Department (SPD) says that the other driver involved–in a 2013-2016 Nissan Altima–fled the scene. SPD are currently searching for the driver or vehicle, which is said to have front-end damage. The person who was injured was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators say the accident delayed traffic on North Ash Street for several hours.
Anyone with any information on the vehicle or accident can email the Major Crimes Unit.
Do You Have Legal Rights After a Spokane Hit-and-Run Accident?
The good news, relatively speaking, is that a hit-and-run accident is viewed the same under Washington law as any other car accident. This means that, legally, you have the right to file an injury claim. The bad news is that it’s much more difficult in a hit-and-run accident, because you don’t have all the necessary information you need.
However, you can still file a claim. The only difference is that:
- Instead of filing against the person that caused the accident, you can file with your own insurance.
In order to deal with these accidents more effectively, Washington State has requirements when it comes to car insurance. In a hit-and-run accident, your recovery hinges on your own car insurance in many cases. Thus, the limits of your policy will determine what you’re able to recover financially. In Washington, the minimum requirements for auto insurance includes:
- $25,000 coverage for bodily injury or death of one person in a single accident.
- $50,000 coverage for bodily injury or death of any two people in a single accident.
- $10,000 coverage for injury to or destruction of property of others in a single accident.
Most of the time, you’ll file a claim with your car insurance policy’s uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, also known as UM/UIM coverage. This coverage is in place for just this type of situation, where you don’t have the insurance information of another driver. In the case of a hit-and-run where the other driver isn’t located, they’re treated as if they have no insurance. Unfortunately, car accidents can quickly exceed the limits of this coverage. Thus, it’s important to work with experienced car accident lawyers that can make sure you’re treated fairly and able to get fair financial support for your injuries.
Contact CCD Law After a Spokane Hit-and-Run Accident
In Spokane and throughout Washington, a hit and run is a crime with serious penalties, potentially leading to jail time. Despite the challenges, dealing with hit and run incidents from a civil standpoint is not impossible. If you can’t find the responsible driver, your insurance policies can still provide financial support.
At CCD Law, our skilled team of Spokane hit and run accident lawyers are experienced in locating drivers and their insurance details. If that’s not possible, we’ll assist you through the recovery process. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to learn more.