Dealing with recovery, investigations, legal issues, and all the other aspects of such accidents can be quite overwhelming for an injured victim. Fortunately, injured victims of wrongful accidents are entitled to certain legal compensation for their damages and losses. When it comes to being a pedestrian or car accident victim, it is much easier to manage a legal situation when you know what to do and fully understand the process. Continue reading to learn some valuable tips for anyone injured or involved in a hit and run accident.
How Can I Protect Myself and My Family in a Hit and Run Accident?
❶ Get Proper Automotive Coverage
As a preventative maintenance, it is highly recommended to get uninsured automotive coverage for potential cases of hit and run car accidents where guilty drivers don’t have enough insurance to cover all damages. Many people purchase liability-only car insurance policies, but in the case of a hit and run accident where the guilty driver is never identified, these policy holders can be out-of-luck when it comes to getting their automotive repair costs and medical costs covered. Full coverage insurance policies are also highly recommended. As the popular saying suggests, “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.
❷ Medical Attention
First and foremost, if involved in such an accident, be sure to get medical care first if you feel you are seriously injured. Call 911 or EMT’s for emergency medical care. If you are not certain about the extent of your injuries, and you don’t need ER services, you can wait until medical technicians arrive to inspect and treat you on-site, or you can have a loved one take you to the hospital once everything else is handled at the scene. Sometimes injuries can stay dormant and not appear for days or weeks following an accident. This is why it is important to have a doctor look at you even if you feel fine.
❸ File a Police Report
Apart from being fully covered so that you are protected from potential hit and run accidents where the negligent party is never brought forth, other tips are strongly encouraged. For example, call the police as soon as a hit and run incident occurs. File a report with the police giving them all the detail you have regarding the driver and car that hit you. Any information is helpful; such as the make or model of the vehicle, driver descriptions, license plate numbers, and car color. This information will help officers locate the negligent driver and hold them responsible for their actions. Be sure to not give the police officer any details about your actions involved in the accident, only discuss what the other driver did and how you are injured. Save this job for your attorney.
❹ Hire a Licensed and Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Once you are finished with the police and in stable condition, contact a personal injury law firm in your city as soon as you are physically able to. If you or your loved one require an extended hospital stay, have a friend or family member call on your behalf. The important thing is to contact them as soon as possible to get started recovering compensation for your damages. Victims that were injured in an automotive or pedestrian hit and run accident, whether the negligent party was anonymous or identified, can be eligible for legal compensation or remuneration. They simply need a personal injury attorney to assist them in securing the financial recompense in which they are lawfully entitled.