Hit and run compensation claim for injuries suffered in an accident involving an uninsured driver
Personal injury specialist, Carly Sylvester has recently recovered £130,000 compensation from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau for a client who was injured in a hit and run accident involving an uninsured driver.
Our client had been out with some friends. At around 11:45pm, she got in a taxi to go home. The taxi pulled up on the opposite side of the road to her house. Before getting out of the taxi, she checked behind her to ensure there was no oncoming traffic. The road was clear, so she got out of the vehicle and began to cross the road.
As she crossed the road, she noticed a car was approaching. The driver of the vehicle slowed down and nodded his head to signal that she could continue to cross the road. She raised her hand to thank the driver, but as she continued to cross the road, she was struck by the car.
The driver fled the scene but was later found by the police and charged with driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. It was also discovered that the driver did not have any insurance to drive the vehicle. Consequently, he received a three-month suspended prison sentence, and a driving ban for 4 years.
Our client was badly injured. She suffered a head injury, fractured vertebrae, hearing loss, liver lacerations, facial fractures and damage to her back, neck and shoulder.
In addition she developed anxiety and depression. Her sleep became disturbed, and she struggled with memory loss and a short attention span.
On her discharge from hospital she contacted us to see whether she could pursue a hit and run compensation claim against the uninsured driver. We advised her that a claim could be made to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB provides compensation in certain circumstances to people who are injured by an uninsured or untraced motorist.
In this case, the MIB accepted liability on behalf of the driver and an out of court settlement was reached for £130,000.
If you have been the victim of a hit and run incident or injured by an uninsured driver then contact our legal helpline for a free case assessment by calling us on 0333 888 0404 or sending us an email.