Hit and run accidents are illegal and dangerous, yet thousands still occur each year. These accidents can leave victims feeling helpless and wondering how they will pay for the costs associated with an accident. Fortunately, there are options.
The Assigned Claims Plan is an avenue of recovering for those who are involved in a Pennsylvania auto accident and there is no insurance coverage available to them.
This is often seen in pedestrian hit and run accidents where the driver is not found, and the pedestrian does not have their own car.
These claims are also often seen in one car accidents where the plaintiff is the passenger, and the driver is not insured.
After an accident occurs, and the other driver flees the scene, you may feel inclined to follow them. Do not do this. You are putting yourself in great danger.
Instead of chasing after the driver, try to remember the following about the car or driver:
- Make, model, year and color of the vehicle.
- The license plate.
- Any other distinguishing features of the car or driver.
- The direction the driver was heading.
Keeping calm and giving the officers on scene as much information as possible will help them find the hit and run driver.
How you pay for your injuries will ultimately depend on the outcome of your accident.
What does the Assigned Claims Plan provide?
The Assigned Claim Plan offers a chance of recovery to those who are injured through no fault of their own, but do not have insurance coverage available to them.
When qualifying individuals make a claim, the Assigned Claims Plan essentially acts in place of the insurance company.
The Assigned Claims Plan offers state minimum coverages. As such, there will be $15,000.00 available to qualifying individuals in bodily injury coverage for injuries suffered and $5,000.00 is medical coverage to qualifying individuals who do not otherwise have health insurance.
Who qualifies for the Assigned Claims Plan?
For a free legal consultation, call 412-219-5084
The Assigned Claims Plan is meant to be a last resort. This is made clear when reviewing the qualifying criteria of the statute 75 Pa.C.S.§ 1752 states that an individual must be the following to qualify for a claim under the Assigned Claims Plan:
- A Pennsylvania resident
- Injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident
- Does not own a car registered in Pennsylvania
- Was not operating a vehicle owned by the Federal government or its many agencies
- Was not operating a vehicle self-insured or immune entity/individual
- Has no other avenue to secure first party benefits
- Is not operating a motorized vehicle not intended for highway use (four-wheeler, go-cart, etc.) or a motorcycle
- Was not attempting to injure oneself intentionally
- The injuries were not sustained during a criminal endeavor
The Assigned Claims Plan can be complex to pursue.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green to evaluate the possibility of a claim under the Assigned Claims Plan.
Recovering compensation after an automobile accident.
If you or a loved one were injured in an automobile accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys will provide you with a free no-obligation consultation to evaluate your case. Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.
Since the insurance process can be rather complex, it is always beneficial to have a personal injury attorney working on your case. The attorneys at Berger and Green will make sure you get the compensation you deserve.