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What to do after a hit and run on the highway


After an accident on the road, by law drivers should pull over and stop, help anyone who has been injured and exchange details once it’s safe to do so.

In rare cases, unfortunately the person responsible for causing an accident may hit and run, driving off without stopping.

If you or a loved one have been injured following a hit and run, Shine Lawyers can help.

Here’s what to do after a hit and run , what compensation you may be entitled to and what information will help your hit and run insurance claim.

What to do if I’ve been injured in a hit and run accident?

If you’ve suffered a hit and run injury, you deserve support for any medical or financial consequences you suffer due to your injuries.

A law firm specialising in hit and run injury claims, such as Shine Lawyers, can help you make a claim for compensation through your state or territory’s road insurance scheme.

Depending on the extent of your injuries, a claim can include payments for:

  • medical and rehabilitation expenses (both past and future);
  • loss of income due to time spent unable to work (both past and future);
  • pain and suffering experienced.

Shine Lawyers have experts in motor vehicle accident claims across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Our lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of their state’s insurance scheme and are best-placed to maximise your or your loved one's entitlements.

You can check whether you have a claim, either online, over the phone or by using our claim checker below.

What information will help my hit and run injury claim?

When it comes time to make your claim, the more information you can recall from the scene the better.

Due to the nature of hit and run accidents, sometimes it’s impossible to capture any details of the vehicle responsible. It’s important to note that even if you can’t identify the vehicle responsible, you are likely to still have a claim — there are protections in each state for people injured by unknown vehicles.

Still, when possible you should share with police and your legal team any potential identifying features including:

  • the licence plates of the vehicle responsible or witnesses;
  • the make, model and colour of any involved vehicles;
  • a description of who was driving the car or passengers;
  • photographs taken of the accident.

Shine Lawyers are expert hit and run car accident lawyers

If you’re considering what to do after an injury on the road, seeking legal advice from an expert motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you ensure that you maximise the compensation you are entitled to.

Since 1976, Shine Lawyers has represented victims of road accidents, including drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.

If you would like to start a claim or have questions about the process, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: September 9, 2021.

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