By John Cooper, Eastern Shore of Virginia Car Accident Lawyer
A common insurance situation occurs when you are hit on the road by a car that leaves the scene or run off the road by a car without there being direct contact between the vehicles.
Some people may not realize that they have a right to make a claim against their own insurer under the underinsured motorist’s portion of their policy in this situation.
The whole purpose of uninsured motorist’s coverage is to take care of the property damage to your car or any injury when you are hurt or there is an accident caused by someone who is unknown or who does not have insurance. The hit‑and‑run driver is just such a circumstance.
In Virginia you can make a claim even if the vehicle that caused you to run off the road never actually touched your vehicle as long as a police report was made at the time. We have successfully handled many of these John Doe unknown motorist cases. Sometimes your own insurance company will be difficult to deal with being suspicious as to whether or not there really was a John Doe motorist or you just lost control of your vehicle. However, we know how to deal with them and force them to pay what they should.
Often John Doe or hit‑and‑run accidents involve very serious injuries like a broken leg, broken arm or a shoulder or a knee injury that requires surgical repair. Often it is a situation where you are driving down the highway and somebody cuts you off either clipping you or not and in an effort to avoid the collision you swerve hitting an interstate guard rail or some other object like a tree.
If this has happened to you or a loved one you should make sure to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer like Jim Hurley and John Cooper at the Cooper Hurley Law Firm. We would be pleased to make sure that you get all the compensation you are entitled to.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have offices in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Hampton and Virginia Beach. They have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims. The firm’s motto is: “Your Injury, Our Fight.”
Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents on the Eastern Shore, in Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.