Pedestrian Accident Claims

Hit & Run Accident Claims

If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a hit and run driver, you may be wondering whether it’s possible to claim compensation. Our solicitors have years of experience in helping people to claim compensation, even in accidents where the driver of the other vehicle didn’t stop or refused to leave contact and insurance details.

Whether you were injured as a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or driver, we could help you recover the compensation you deserve, and also access rehabilitation and medical treatment.

Injuries could range from whiplash to broken bones, or even more serious head and spinal injuries. Tragically, hit and run accidents can also result in fatal injuries. We could help you in any of these circumstances.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, please contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice about your case. Even if your insurance company has recommended another law firm, you're free to make your own decision on who represents you in your compensation claim, so give us a call. There's no obligation for you to continue.

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Hit & Run Accident Claims - More Information
    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you can expect to receive following a road traffic accident will depend on a number of factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you require as a result.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on a variety of factors including:

      • Your pain and suffering
      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you have incurred
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home

      Find out more about guide compensation amounts following road traffic accidents or call us on 0800 056 4110, and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years from the date of an accident to begin a compensation claim – or three years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.

      If your accident happened outside of the UK, time limits can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible in this case. Different rules apply for untraced drivers schemes in different countries and it is essential to take specialist legal advice as early as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are payments made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace loss of earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment.

      If we are able to trace the driver of the vehicle involved in your accident, we'll work hard to get an early agreement from the MIB to accept your case and agree an interim payment, to relieve any immediate pressures you’re feeling.

The conversation was totally customer focused and very friendly, information communicated in a very clear and comprehensive way.”

Liana, client
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Claim Compensation Following A Hit And Run?

If you or a loved one was involved in a hit and run accident and was injured as a result, then you may be able to claim compensation. A hit and run is defined as when a driver is responsible for an accident and either fails to stop, or leaves the scene without providing their insurance details and any other information.

It doesn't matter whether you were a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, driver, or passenger – you are still entitled to make a claim.

If the driver has been found, then you can claim against them and their insurance. If the driver is untraceable or uninsured [link to uninsured drivers page], you can still claim, but your compensation will be paid by the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB), an insurance industry-funded organisation that compensates victims of uninsured or untraceable drivers.

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How Does A Claim Against An Untraced Driver Proceed?

You can claim compensation from the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB), an insurance industry-funded organisation that assists the victims of untraceable drivers.

A proportion of all annual motor insurance premiums in the UK are put into a pool by the MIB to pay out compensation when a driver can't be traced or is uninsured. We will help you submit an application for compensation to the MIB, and guide you through the whole process.

The MIB will investigate your claim, which may involve obtaining the police report on the accident, taking a statement from you and any witnesses of the accident, and obtaining GP and hospital notes on your injuries.

They will also organise for you to have a medical examination, and will usually agree a compensation amount once this has been completed.

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What Happens When You Make A Hit And Run Accident Claim?

One of the key factors in any compensation claim is establishing who is responsible for your injuries. In the case of a hit and run accident, this can be more difficult. But don't worry – it doesn't affect your entitlement to make a claim.

If the driver can't be traced, then your claim may involve the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB). This is an organisation funded by the insurance industry – a proportion of everyone's annual motor insurance premiums are put into a pool by the MIB to pay compensation in situations like this.

Whether the driver can be traced or not, your claim will go through the same four basic stages:

Stage One: Information Gathering

When you first contact us, we will advise you on whether we think you'll be able to make a claim for compensation.

If a driver has failed to stop at the scene, or driven off without leaving their details, then you should report the incident to the police – ideally straight away, but within nine days of the accident at the absolute latest. We will work with them to establish who is to blame, which may involve our own specialist road traffic accident investigation team. It is essential that you take reasonable steps to identify the driver and vehicles involved.

We're one of the only law firms in the UK with a collision investigation team like this, so you can be sure we'll leave no stone unturned when pursuing your claim. The team (which includes former police accident investigators and an advanced driving instructor) will interview witnesses, carry out site inspections and prepare reconstruction reports to find out who was at fault.

We don't just investigate your accident – we'll also arrange for a medical examination [link to medical examination page] of your injuries to identify any care or support needs you may have.

If the driver responsible cannot be traced, we will begin dealing with a claim to the MIB. We'll help you complete your application, advise you on any enquiries they may raise, and provide an independent valuation of your claim once the medical evidence has been prepared.

We'll also determine if we can pursue your claim under a No Win No Fee* agreement – this means you won't have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

We're committed to helping our clients access the medical care and support they need as soon as possible, and this dedication has seen us named seven-time winners of the Claimant Solicitor of the Year award at the Post Magazine's Rehabilitation First Awards.

We'll work with you from the beginning of the claim process to understand what support you and your family need to improve both your physical and mental health.

Rehabilitation following a hit and run accident could include:

  • Specialist medical care
  • Therapy
  • Mobility equipment
  • Home and vehicle adjustments

The support you need to help you return to work and live independently will all be considered when calculating how much compensation you should receive. We'll also consider whether you could be entitled to early compensation payments to help you access rehabilitation support as soon as possible.

For more information on how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation support, please visit our Rehabilitation page.

Stage Three: Compensation

If the driver cannot be traced, then the amount of compensation you receive will be determined by the MIB. The MIB assesses damages in the same way as insurance companies or the courts, and the amount you receive will depend on a few factors, including:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • How long it has taken you to recover
  • Medical care and support you require
  • Lost earnings as a result of your injuries
  • Damaged property as a result of the accident

In claims involving an untraced driver, the MIB will not pay for property or vehicle damage unless either the registration number for the other vehicle is known and the DVLA confirm it is a valid registration, or you have been in hospital for more than four nights as a result of the accident.

The MIB also does not pay for any loss which is insured elsewhere, such as repairs to a car which is comprehensively insured, or the costs of private medical treatment if you have health insurance. The MIB does not pay for interest on your financial loss. Otherwise, compensation is assessed in much the same way as for any other accident.

Stage Four: Conclusion

At the end of the claims process, you'll receive compensation if you have been successful. If you're making your claim with a No Win No Fee* agreement, then you won't pay anything if you lose the case.

The MIB do sometimes reject claims and, if they make an award, it can be too low. In this case, it is possible to pursue an appeal against the MIB, in which the claim is submitted to an independent arbitrator.

We can advise you on the chances of an appeal succeeding, and have extensive experience of drafting appeals against the MIB’s decisions, with a high success rate in the appeals we run.

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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

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Proudly supporting vital charity work.

We're registered as approved solicitors with a number of leading national charities, and many of our team volunteer with these charities and support groups too.

Charities and groups we're involved with include:

  • Brake – the Road Safety Charity
  • RoadPeace – the Road Crash Victims Charity
  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • The Spinal Injury Association
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust
  • The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

We believe that getting you the right rehabilitation is just as important as claiming compensation. This approach has seen us win Post Magazine's Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

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