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What to do after a hit and run - insurance and next steps

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Motor vehicle accident

Frequently asked questions about hit and runs

Can I claim insurance for a hit and run?

Yes, you are able to claim under your own insurance policy and you may be entitled to compensation under your state or territory’s road insurance scheme whether you were the driver, the passenger or even a pedestrian.  

However, it’s important to note that some insurers will require the full name, residential address and vehicle registration number of the other driver otherwise it’ll be treated as an at fault accident.

Can I claim compensation even if the at fault drivers’ information is never known?

If you’ve been injured in a hit and run road accident you may be entitled to compensation even if the ‘at fault’ driver is never found or known. This is under the state’s relevant CTP insurance scheme. 

It’s important to note that there are strict time limits for making this type of claim. So we encourage you to get in touch with our team of hit and run lawyers who are on hand to help as soon as possible.

Someone reversed into my car when parked or sideswiped my car when parked? Are these hit and runs?

Yes, if your car has been hit by another car when parked, and the driver does not stay at the scene or leave their information these situations will be considered to be a hit and run. If someone caused damage to your car when it was parked, they are still required to leave their information for you as the car owner.  

They are required to leave their name and address as well as the car registration number. If they have caused more than $3,000 worth of damage they will also need to file a police report.

Someone hit my parked car and left in Australia. Is this a hit and run?

Again, if your car has been hit even while parked, the other driver must stay with the vehicles or leave their information for you, or this will be considered a hit and run in Australia.

Do you have a claim?  

We’re here to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.

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