My children 13 and 9 boys were riding a bike and a car hit them and fled the scene it was by city hall in the town we live in I contacted the police but do I need to contact a lawyer if I don't have any information?
You will probably have to go through your insurance
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If your boys are injured, they may be able to go through your own auto insurance carrier to collect money and medical bills for their pain and suffering. It depends on the type of benefits you purchased on your policy. A personal injury attorney can explain this to you and if you have the benefits available, represent your children in the matter to ensure maximum compensation.
I’m very sorry to hear about your boys' injuries. You should consult an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney immediately. You can easily find one of us on Avvo.com. Most lawyers offer a free consultation. A lawyer may be able to obtain compensation for you from your own auto insurance company. But you have to take proper legal action in time to preserve your rights. Good luck.
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You are required to provide whatever identifying information you have concerning the driver to the Police so they may investigate and attempt to learn the identify of the hit & run driver.
If you have auto insurance, you have a claim against your own insurance carrier for uninsured motorist benefits. You sons' ability to recover will be based on the injury threshold you elected when you purchased your coverage: check your declaration page. If you elected the "lawsuit threshold" they will only recover if they have a fracture or permanent injury confirmed by objective medical evidence.
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If it was downtown, its more than likely that a camera recorded the incident. Often times, many private businesses as well as government agencies have cameras that record the immediate area at all times of the day. Make sure the police canvass all possible private and public establishments to gather any potential video evidence that exists. Make sure you act fast as a lot of these establishments overwrite their recordings after a very short time period.. and of course hire a local accident and criminal attorney ASAP
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I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to your sons. I hope they are doing as well as possible, given the circumstances. If your children suffered physical injuries, then yes, it would be worth reaching out to an attorney to discuss this matter. (Most of us offer free consultations and represent clients on a no-win, no-fee basis, so please don't let concern over the cost of hiring an attorney stand in your way.) For one thing, it's possible that the police could still catch the person who hit your sons and fled the scene. If you personally have an auto insurance policy and your sons live with you, then they may be eligible for medical benefits through your own policy. They may be able to pursue a claim for other damages through any uninsured motorist (UM) coverage you may have under your policy. (I know insurance policies can be convoluted and difficult to make sense of, but an attorney can help you figure out what coverage could be available through your own policy.) Finally, even if there's no coverage that would allow your sons to pursue a claim, an experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer can help you figure out what other help might be available to your children, including fund from an association known as NJPLIGA. The sooner you reach out to an attorney, the more help and guidance he or she can offer. Best of luck to your family with this difficult situation. I hope your sons are able to make a complete recovery and get the compensation they deserve.
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Yes, you should immediately contact an attorney. There may be uninsured motorist benefits available to the children and this needs to be fully investigated.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statements to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. You can access my Legal Guides through my profile page on Avvo.
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You should consult with an experienced car accident attorney before proceeding further with your claim. Your personal injury attorney may be able to help grab surveillance footage of the hit and run accident. Best of luck.
You need to contact a lawyer only if one or both boys were injured. If either was injured, he has an "uninsured motorists" (UM) claim against your own insurance company. You should report the accident to it ASAP, and get claims numbers for each boy who was injured. Any UM claim that either boy may make will be governed by the "tort threshold" that you selected on your auto policy, and the ceiling on the amount that either boy may recover is the per person limit of your UM coverage.
I hope that if either boy was injured, that he recovers quickly. If you have not already done so, I recommend that you take him/them to the pediatrician to screen for treatment by an orthopedist or other specialist.
If any of your children were injured you should contact an attorney in order to discuss your options. Depending on your auto insurance you may be eligible for coverage under an uninsured motorist claim. If the police are able to locate the driver of the vehicle you could file a claim through his/her insurance and/or file suit against him/her should it be necessary.
If your children were hurt, you may have the right to make a legal claim on their behalf against your own automobile insurance company. If you or your spouse owns and insures a car in NJ, you should have Uninsured Motorist's Insurance which is there to pay a claim for any member of your household who is injured by an uninsured driver. An unknown driver who flees the scene and is never identified by the police is considered an uninsured driver under New Jersey law. Therefore, you should, in my opinion, consult with a certified civil trial attorney about the legal rights of your children. Any such attorney will certainly want to know what injuries your children sustained; whether you have an automobile insurance policy, if you do, through what company and what types and amounts of insurance coverage you have. If a claim can be made on behalf of one or both of your children, you can do so as their guardian, as children cannot file lawsuits on their own. The statute of limitations to pursue a legal claim will expire on the 20th birthday of each child, but you can and, in my opinion, should get going on this now.
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