In our last post, we began speaking about seeking punitive damages in hit-and-run cases. As we noted last time, even when they are awarded, the collection of punitive damages—or compensatory damages for that matter—isn’t always possible due to offending motorist’s lack of insurance and financial solvency.
The reasons why motorists flee from the scene of an auto accident that they caused vary, of course, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the rate of uninsured motorists is higher in hit-and-run cases than in ordinary crashes. Uninsured motorists know that, in addition to possible criminal charges, they can face personal financial responsibility if they remain at the scene of an accident. So what happens, then, when the motorist flees and isn’t caught, or when the motorist is caught but is unable to pay a judgment? And how can an attorney help?