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A teen riding his bike home from work was struck by a hit-and-run driver on New Year’s Eve. The driver fled the scene, but police are confident that they will eventually be able to identify the driver based on paint which was transferred onto the bicycle as well as paint chips left behind at the scene.

The injured bicyclist suffered multiple traumatic injuries, including a fractured skull and head and facial lacerations. The injuries required that he be air-lifted to a trauma center for care by specialists.

Under Illinois law, hit-and-run motorists are considered uninsured motorists. A claim for injuries sustained as a result of the negligence of an uninsured motorist is resolved by way of submitting an uninsured motorist claim through the insurance policy of the person injured or through the policy of any relative residing with the injured person. Uninsured motorist coverage is one of the coverages that you receive when you request full coverage on your vehicle. I strongly recommend that you obtain uninsured motorist coverage for the highest dollar amount consistent with your own financial situation. It is relatively cheap coverage, and provides protection to you and your family in the event of an accident with a hit-and-run motorist or an unisured driver.

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