What Should I Do After Being Hurt By A Hit-and-Run?
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are approximately 1500 people killed annually by a hit-and-run. The steps that you take after becoming a victim of a hit-and-run will define the solidity of your claim for the future. Attorneys at Drake Law Firm emphasize and understand how going through this predicament can leave you in anguishing pain, disorientation, and just fully not there with all of your senses, but it is vital that either you or another person that you trust perform these following steps:
- Try to remember as much as possible about the description of the car. That includes the color, make, model, and the license plate number or a partial part of it. These elements can make the jobs of the investigators much easier and help them to find the suspect faster.
- A detailed description of how the hit-and-run happened needs to be given to the police officers that respond to the accident. Your word will hold a significant weight on their investigation. Taking pictures of the scene cannot hurt your case.
- If you have been severely injured the first thing that you need to do is seek medical assistance. The most important thing after an accident is your health. Once the physician has evaluated you, make sure you ask for a copy of your medical
- Do not give insurance companies too much information that can backfire against They will typically ask you how you are feeling and use your answers against you as you are being recorded. Any answer you give can be used to deny you a claim.
- If the police are able to find the person that struck you, then you should contact a lawyer to explain what your legal options are.
Because the nature of a hit-and-run can amount to thousands of dollars in damages and perhaps a life with a permanent disability, it is imperative that you meticulously follow these steps to ensure that you will be able to be compensated for your harms.
Hit-and-Run Uninsured Driver Coverage
Drivers have the option of purchasing this coverage. Under this coverage, any damages caused by a hit-and-run driver would be covered under the uninsured motorist coverage. This coverage was made especially for those drivers that do not have enough to pay for the total damages or for those who fled after a hit-and-run. You could always contact your own insurance company to find more information about this coverage.
Seeking Legal Advice After Hit-and-Run Accident
If you’ve been injured by a hit-and-run and did not have uninsured motorist coverage at the time could mean that recovering money for damages other than medical expenses could be difficult.
Benjamin Drake is a California personal injury attorney and founder of Drake Law Firm. A law firm dedicated to all injured with dedicated attention and deserved compensation.
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