HIt and Run Car Accidents in Maryland

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You can't run away from the scene of an accident.  It is a pretty simply proposition that is reflected under Section 20-105(a) of the Maryland Transportation Article.  Under this law, it is illegal for the driver of a vehicle to fail to stop after an accident that results in damage to an unattended vehicle or other unattended property. See Conboy v. State, 155 Md. App. 353 (2004) (making reference to the proscriptions provided for in Md. Transp. Art. ยง 20-105). 

If you get in an accident and the other driver leaves the scene, you have a potential uninsured motorist case.  How do you know the other driver was uninsured?  You don't.  But the law typically assumes that the driver was uninsured to pay for an losses that may occur.  

So, in Maryland, if you get hurt in a car accident suffer personal injuries as the result of the negligence of a hit-and-run driver, you may still recover get a settlement for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering as if you knew the identity 
My mother took this picture after my car accident

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of the driver by bringing a claim under your own policy's uninsured motorist provision.. Essentially, the law treats that phantom vehicle as an uninsured driver.

Many states require actual contact with the phantom vehicle in order for a Plaintiff to bring a personal injury claim. Under Maryland law, however, contact is not required.  Maryland courts will not enforce any policy provisions from out-of-state insurers that require physical contact between the injured party and the at-fault hit-and-run driver.

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