Hit-and-run accidents can be terrifying and disorienting, particularly if you were hit by a car as a pedestrian. Common courtesy dictates whoever was responsible for your injury stop and give you their information, perhaps help you to the hospital. However, sometimes individuals panic and decide to run away, or they would rather avoid any legal complications or criminal charges. If you were injured in such a collision, what you do afterward could affect your ability to find the responsible party and collect compensation for your necessary medical care, lost wages, and property damage. Here are the steps to take following a hit-and-run incident.
After experiencing a hit-and-run, you are likely disoriented, in pain, and not at your best. If you have someone who can help you, have them take photos of the scene. Try to remember everything you can about the vehicle that struck you, including the make, model, and state on the license plate. Photos of the scene can help a police officer or personal injury attorney recreate the scene of the accident.
See a medical professional about your wounds as soon as possible. Even if you only feel bruised, you should visit a physician to ensure no internal bleeding might put you in danger. Likewise, make sure you speak with the police, who can help you track down the responsible driver, and your insurance company, who can help you pay for your medical costs. Stick to the facts of the case when speaking to your insurance company and avoid saying anything that places the blame on yourself, such as “I should have seen it coming” or “I’m fine.”
If you opted for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage through your insurance company, that portion of your insurance should pay for any damages in the accident. This type of coverage is designed to protect you in the event you experience a collision with someone who has no liability insurance coverage. Often those who run away from hit-and-run incidents lack the coverage it would require to pay for damages as the at-fault party, but for those who do have coverage and decide not to use it, this portion of the insurance should cover the hit-and-run driver. This part of your insurance can pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and any other damages.
Things might be more difficult for you if you don’t have uninsured motorist coverage. Talk to one of our skilled Worcester personal injury attorneys about the particular circumstances of your accident. The Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. can offer skilled and effective advocacy, and we have an excellent record of success representing hundreds of clients in their cases. Let us see what we can do for you.
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