With our area having a rash of fleeing to elude citations being issued and other offenses involving leaving the scene of property damage, it’s important for motorists to understand the insurance policies that we purchase. If you do not have a well-funded under-insured or uninsured motorist policy, you could be left on the hook for a large portion of any property damage or medical bills if you are involved in a collision with a motorist who flees the scene. While certainly law enforcement can often locate the vehicle that leaves the scene after an accident, they cannot in all cases.
Compensation you Deserve
If you have been injured in a collision that the other involved party left the scene of, you need a competent attorney who can navigate the legal process to recover against your own insurance company for things such as:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Property damage to your vehicle
Illinois Time Limits on Filing Suit
Illinois sets a time limit of two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state’s civil court system. In most cases, this two-year time limit, known as a “statute of limitations,” begins to run on the date of the accident. Sometimes, however, a statute of limitations might run from the date that you discovered you were injured, rather than the date of the event that injured you. This later date is known as a “discovery date.”
For injury claims against a city or county, you have one year to file a lawsuit. The time limit to sue the state is generally two years, but you must file a formal claim within one year in order to sue.
A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through this difficult time and alleviate some of the stress.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your hit-and-run auto accident injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.