Legal Options After Being in a Hit and Run
In a hit-and-run accident, there is a lot happening at once. The impact of the collision is traumatic mentally, emotionally and physically. On top of that, there is the stress of having someone drive away after causing the wreck, without stopping to assess the damages, see if you are okay or exchange contact information. With the amount of confusion and uncertainty in regards to what to do next, it is important to hire someone that knows what to do. As an injury attorney, we are here to provide advice and can offer assistance.
Take it one step at a time
The first thing a person needs to do after a collision is to call the police. The police can come to the accident site, document what happened and write up a police report. This is very important, especially in a hit-and-run accident. The police will need to get as many details as possible so that they can attempt to track down the person who is responsible for the accident.
Providing the police with information about what the car looks like and any identifying markers will be highly beneficial in tracking down the individual responsible. Next, it is important to visit the doctor for an examination and diagnosis. A doctor can determine the extent of any injuries from the accident and make recommendations for treatment. Things like a traumatic brain injury may not be immediately obvious.
Thus, it is important to agree to various tests and continue visiting the doctor if necessary. A doctor’s diagnosis and the subsequent treatment are going to set the foundation for the value of the case by establishing how badly the victim was hurt. This makes it important to continue visiting the doctor and remain in their care until full recovery.
These are complicated cases
From a legal perspective, being in a hit and run can be far more complicated than being hit by a driver who stays at the scene. First, there is a question of whether the driver is ever found. If they are not, it would be difficult to seek compensation from the at-fault party. If a person’s policy has a provision for uninsured motorist coverage, the policy may pay out.
At this juncture, it is often wise to involve the assistance of an attorney who can make sure the insurance company meets their obligations. If the other driver is found by the police, it will be possible to sue them and it is certainly advisable to do so. Hiring a personal injury attorney is the best course of action since they can file a lawsuit against the other driver.
A personal injury attorney can seek compensation for things like medical bills and money for pain and suffering. In a jury trial, it is likely that a jury will also award punitive damages to punish the other driver for causing the accident and fleeing the scene after the fact.
Speak with a lawyer
In our law firm, we represent accident victims and help our clients to receive the compensation they deserve for being injured. To find out how we can help you, call and schedule a consultation.
NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.