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Area women injured in hit-and-run car accident

Often victims of auto accidents seek to recover damages for their loss. While the most common source of monetary recovery from a car accident is from the other driver or drivers involved, the victim may also be able to recover from their insurance.

Recently, just outside of Portland, in Vancouver, Washington, three women were injured when a vehicle struck the truck in which they were riding. A video provided to the fire department shows that a smaller car hit the truck. According to witnesses, the driver of the car got out of the car and checked the car and the truck and then left the scene. Witnesses say a second man got out of the car, claimed he had to go get identification and ran away from the scene. Police are still looking for both men.

Accidents where the driver has not yet been identified can be very traumatic. The victim of the accident is often left with expensive medical bills and is seeking some form of compensation. A victim can file a claim with his or her insurance company. Typically, claims with insurance companies require less proof than claims in formal lawsuits. An insurance company might only ask for a statement from the victim. In rare cases, the victim may be required to provide further evidence.

When dealing with an insurance company, it is important to make copies of all paperwork sent to the insurance company. It is also important to document any and all correspondence with the insurance company or its employees.

Dealing with an insurance company can be a complicated process. An experienced attorney can help guide victims in similar situations through difficult times such as this.

Source: katu.com, "Woman injured after Vancouver car crash," Dec. 4, 2012

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