Hit-and-Run Accidents

Dorwin Wolfe Is Elkins’ Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney

Dorwin J. Wolfe is a seasoned car accident attorney and the founder of Wolfe Law Firm. For over two decades, Mr. Wolfe and his skilled staff have taught victims of hit-and-run accidents to trust again. We fight diligently to protect your rights and protect the safety of your family. With million-dollar recoveries and a lengthy track record of success, Wolfe Law Firm has been trusted by generations of families in West Virginia.

Hit-and-run Accidents

Drivers depend on negligent motorists to stop after a crash. Yet many flee the scene like fugitives from a crime. Without the perpetrator’s insurance information, the victim is left without recourse to financial relief. Unknown motorists are the same as uninsured motorists and deprive injured parties of the compensation they are owed. Victims typically rely on insurance to cover costs from the crash. But insurers can collect nothing from an unknown driver. Injured parties are required to fend for themselves. This is untenable for most people, who can ill afford to pay out-of-pocket. Hit-and-run accidents can plunge undeserving victims into debt.

Damages from Hit-and-run Accidents

Any accident, however small, is not cheap. This may explain why selfish drivers try to evade liability and their legal duty to pay for their wrongs. The aftermath of a hit-and-run accident is indeed messy, with a steep price tag to boot. Direct and incidental expenses include:

  • Property damage
  • Vehicle replacement
  • Emergency room care
  • Prescription medication
  • Continuing medical care
  • Raised insurance premiums
  • Lost work income, paid leave
  • Loss of employment after absence
  • Missed chance of raise, promotion
  • Home-health or skilled nursing care

One night in the hospital can cost up to $10,000, which does not cover any surgery, medication or outpatient procedure necessary to help the patient. The bills for resuscitation and emergency room treatment are likewise separate. Because the victim cannot work while injured, employment changes from a source of income to an expense. Lost wages further deplete viable resources and add to the debt. If the hit-and-run accident causes an injury that requires longer hospitalization, additional care, or follow-up treatment, the escalating bills can quickly bankrupt a family. Few, if any, can afford to be saddled with this debt. Serious hit-and-run accidents have pushed many families to the brink of financial ruin.

Recovering Compensation after a Hit-and-run Accident

Purchasing an additional insurance policy for uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits protects innocent drivers in hit-and-run accidents. This policy may be used when the negligent party is unknown, uninsured, or underinsured. Rather than attempting to recover damages from an unknown driver, the insurance company assumes liability for the loss. Victims must prove significant injury and file a claim with the insurance company to receive payment. But in some hit-and-run accidents, this payment is not enough. Injured victims rarely receive full compensation for their harm. Before filing any insurance or personal injury claim, it is crucial to seek legal counsel. A qualified attorney can advise you of the best way to proceed.

Contact Wolfe Law Firm Today

If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, speak to an experienced hit-and-run accident lawyer at Wolfe Law Firm today. We take immediate steps to preserve important evidence and protect the full value of your claim. Wolfe Law Firm has extensive knowledge in cases involving unknown or uninsured motorists and can skillfully pursue the claim on your behalf. We have helped numerous victims injured in hit-and-run accidents recover for their loss. Located in Elkins, our office thinks not only of your well-being, but also the future of your family. Whether your case requires filing a claim with insurance or going to court, we are always prepared. Wolfe Law Firm can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and more. Call (877) 637-5756 for a free consultation or contact us online.