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Not everyone involved in an accident will remain at the scene. Some flee, making them liable for a hit-and-run accident. When involved in this type of auto crash, you might wonder about your chances of finding the at-fault party and getting financial compensation for your injuries and other losses.

This is where our Detroit hit-and-run accident lawyer at Goodman Acker P.C. comes in. We can help you track down the driver and hold them accountable for the harm they caused you. We can also guide you on filing an uninsured motorist claim to get compensation for your non-economic damages.

Contact us at 248-286-8100 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Why Choose the Legal Team at Goodman Acker P.C.?

At Goodman Acker P.C., our lawyers protect each client’s rights and provide legal advice based on their particular needs. We have decades of experience handling hit-and-run accident cases and know what to do to help you identify the driver that fled the scene if they remain at large. Also, our attorneys are seasoned negotiators, so we will help you handle the negotiations during the claims process.

Our Detroit hit-and-run accident attorney at Goodman Acker P.C. works on a contingency fee basis. So you don’t have to worry about paying us until we are successful with your case.

We are also experienced litigators with a track record of successfully litigating hit-and-run accident cases. Our success rate is 99%, and our clients are pleased with our representation, as seen in their positive testimonials and online reviews. We will go all out to represent your interests and to get a favorable outcome, so call us today at 248-286-8100 to learn more about how we can serve you.

What Amounts to a Hit-and-Run Accident Under Michigan’s Law?

Under Michigan law, a hit-and-run accident happens when a driver:

  • Leaves the scene of an accident resulting in damage to fixtures upon or adjacent to a highway
  • Leaves the scene of or fails to report an accident resulting in personal injury
  • Leaves the scene or fails to report an accident resulting in vehicle damage only
  • Leaves the scene of or fails to report an accident with an attended or unattended vehicle.

Drivers are to stop their vehicle in a safe part of the road and remain at the scene of a car accident long enough to:

  • Provide their name and address and the registration number of their car, including the name and address of the owner, to a police officer, the individual struck, or the driver or occupants of the vehicle with which they have collided;
  • Exhibit their license to a police officer, any individual struck, or the driver or occupants of the vehicle with which they collided; and
  • Render to any individual injured in the accident reasonable assistance in securing medical aid or arrange for or provide transportation to any injured individual.

Aside from the civil claims that arise from a car accident, hit-and-run drivers might also face a misdemeanor or felony criminal charge. Therefore, staying at a crash scene is always better than leaving.

Who Pays for Damages in a Hit-and-Run Accident in Detroit, Michigan?

Our Detroit hit-and-run accident lawyers represent victims in different types of hit-and-run cases. This includes motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck collisions, etc. In any of these cases, victims are always concerned about who pays for their damages.

At Goodman Acker P.C., our legal team has the knowledge to guide you and help you make the best decisions.

Under Michigan’s no-fault law, hit-and-run accident victims are entitled to benefits permissible in their personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy. This covers medical expenses, replacement services, and wage loss benefits. However, you must pay attention to the timing, as most insurance policies carry a “notice provision” that requires you to contact your insurer within a specific period after a hit-and-run crash.

However, you cannot recover non-economic damages from your PIP. To get non-economic damages, you have to rely on your uninsured motorist coverage if you have it. This is because, in Michigan, hit-and-run drivers have the same status as uninsured drivers as you do not know the name of the motorist that struck your vehicle.

What Compensation Will Our Detroit Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer Get You?

Since Michigan is a no-fault state, you might think you cannot get compensation after a car accident. However, once you know who the at-fault hit-and-run driver is, you can file a compensation claim or lawsuit. You can request compensation under the exceptions to the no-fault rule, one of which is if you sustained severe injuries or a disfigurement.

You can obtain two types of compensation from the at-fault driver.

Economic Damages

Economic or monetary damages are for the financial losses you suffered from the accident. They are easy to calculate since they have a fixed dollar amount and can be proven with receipts. Examples of economic damages are:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Cost of vehicle repair
  • Cost of home improvement or assistance, etc.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic or non-monetary damages are for the physical pain and psychological and emotional harm caused by your accident injuries. They are more challenging to calculate because they do not have a fixed dollar amount. To arrive at an amount, we pick a number between one and five and use it to multiply the total sum of your economic damages.

Examples of non-economic damages are:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship.

You might be entitled to other compensation and exemplary damages due to the specifics of your case. When we examine your case, we will be able to determine all the damages you’re entitled to and request them from the at-fault party.

Detroit Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer FAQs

Victims of hit-and-run car accidents always have questions due to the complex nature of the case. Below, we answered some of the frequently asked questions, and you can visit our law firm if you have more questions or need clarification on any of the answers provided.

Who Pays for My Damages if the Hit-and-Run Driver is Unidentified?

If the hit-and-run driver is unidentified, you cannot sue them for damages. In such a case, you can use your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance to pay for your medical treatment and a part of your lost wages and replacement services. You can use your uninsured motorist insurance policy if you want non-economic damages.

How Long Does It Take to Conclude a Hit-and-Run Accident Case?

There is no fixed period to conclude this type of case. If the hit-and-run driver is immediately caught and you file a compensation claim, your case may be completed within months. But if there is a lawsuit, it can take years.

What Is the Worth of My Hit-and-Run Accident Case?

The worth of your case depends on factors like the severity of your injury, the total of your economic and non-economic damages, and the presence of exemplary damages. So, you can receive from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands.

How Much Will My Detroit Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney Charge?

Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get paid until we have a favorable outcome for your case. Also, we only take a percentage of the compensation we agreed on before representing you.

How Will Our Detroit Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers Help You?

At Goodman Acker, P.C., we understand how devastating and traumatizing hit-and-run accidents can be. When you hire us, you get a dedicated team of attorneys to provide personalized and responsive legal care. Our attorneys will listen to your questions and concerns attentively.

Working with our Goodman Acker, P.C., team ensures your rights are protected and you do not get bullied by insurance companies.

We will thoroughly investigate the hit-and-run accident and gather evidence to support your case. This includes obtaining the police report, medical record, witness statements, and any visual image or recording of the crash. We will also preserve the evidence to maintain their admissibility during the claim process.

We will consult with an expert witness and get them to testify on your behalf if needed. Our legal team will also ensure your case is filed on time to avoid getting barred by the statute of limitations. We will be actively involved in your case from the beginning to the end and will update you every step of the way.

Get the Help You Need From Our Team at Goodman Acker, P.C.

After a hit-and-run accident, you should not have to deal with locating the driver yourself and filing a compensation claim. Our lawyers at Goodman Acker, P.C., will take the work off your hands while you recuperate. We will work with the authorities to locate the hit-and-run driver and commence a claim against them once they are identified.

If you or your loved one was injured in a hit-and-run crash, let us represent your interests. Call us now at 248-286-8100 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Attorney Barry Goodman


Barry J. Goodman has devoted his professional life to keeping courthouse doors open for victims seeking justice. Always a tireless advocate for his own clients, Goodman sees his responsibility as a Detroit personal injury attorney in a broader sense as well. [ Attorney Bio ]