Heroic commuters saved a woman from possible death after her vehicle was slammed into by a hit-and-run driver on I-64 westbound in Norfolk. The four men were able to pull the woman from her Nissan Altima just before the car burst into flames.
According to one of the men, he noticed a vehicle pull over the side of the highway, looking as if it had been in an accident. That’s when he saw the Nissan spinning across the road and then smash into the Jersey barrier in the middle of the interstate.
The man stopped his car and immediately called 911. At the same time, three other men riding in a truck together, who had also witnessed the accident, pulled over and jumped out to help the victim, who was trapped inside the car.
After saving the woman, they noticed heavy black smoke and flames billowing from the car. The drive who slammed into the woman’s car sped off while all of this was taking place.
Virginia State Police are investigating the accident, classifying it as a hit-and-run. However, no one who witnessed the accident was able to provide police with a vehicle description or license plate.
Even if the police are never able to find the driver who crashed into the victim, under Virginia law, she may still be able to receive compensation for any injuries and other damages from the accident through her own insurance company. This coverage usually falls under the uninsured/underinsured (UM or UIM) clause all drivers should have in their car insurance policies.
Unlike the rest of the coverage in your policy, which insures your for collisions where you are deemed at-fault, UM/UIM protects your when an at-fault driver has no insurance or not enough insurance, or flees the scene and is never found.
Some of the damages that victims can collect on under this clause includes medical expenses, permanent injuries, lost wages, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other damages caused by the other driver’s negligence.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney today to find out what steps you can take to recover damages. It is important to note that filing a claim with your own insurance company can be a complex process. Although you are their insured, who paid the premiums faithfully, in these situations the insurance company is adverse to you and will attempt to pay the least amount of damages possible.