We are all familiar with the concept of “hit and run,” or “leaving the scene of an accident.” A driver who runs away from their responsibility is breaking the law and is subject to legal penalties. A less egregious offense, but one that is similar in concept, is when a driver stays at the scene and provides contact information, but then is unwilling to respond attempts at contact from that point on.
If someone is afraid about what might happen after an accident, they may decide to not answer or return calls. They probably have a good idea that they are at fault, and may be worried about what to say regarding the details of the accident. Your insurance company will want to contact all the parties involved to get their sides of the story, so they’ll keep trying to contact them.
One thing that occasionally causes problems is when the at-fault driver fails to cooperate with his or her insurance company. If they don’t respond to letters and/or calls, their insurance company may disclaim coverage for failure to cooperate (something an insured MUST do under the insurance terms). This is rare, but it does happen. If such a disclaimer occurs, then the insured driver is now personally responsible for your damages. However, getting someone to pay you out-of-pocket is almost impossible.
Speed Up Your Automobile Accident Claim Resolution
Although your insurance company is willing to wait, you don’t have to. You can contact a Pennsylvania automobile accident attorney right away after an accident, and they can get started immediately in making sure that the case is settled in a way that satisfies your needs.
Even if another party is unresponsive to calls, an automobile accident attorney can begin the process of reviewing your case and lay the groundwork for legal proceedings if necessary. If the other party is avoiding any contact, it is a good sign that they are not going to be cooperative in any way as investigation and settlement of the case proceeds.
For a Philadelphia automobile accident attorney that has the experience to handle all that can go wrong after an auto accident, contact Philadelphia injury lawyer Jeffery Harlan Penneys at 1-800-465-8795 (1-800-injury-law).