It is terrifying to consider, but there is a hit and run accident every 45 seconds. That is nearly 2,000 hit and run accidents every single day. More than 2,000 fatal car accidents involved hit and runs in 2016 alone. In the same year, there were about 737,000 hit and run accidents, which resulted in around 138,500 injuries.
Being in an accident is hard enough, but when the other driver flees the scene, it can be even harder to deal with. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we are here to help any client who has been involved in this or another motor accident. Read on to get tips on what to do if you are the victim of this type of accident, then contact us at 800-333-0000 if you would like a free legal consultation.
What to Do at the Scene of a Hit and Run Accident
If you are involved in a hit and run accident while in your car, then you have something to keep you relatively safe. On the other hand, a pedestrian accident or a bike accident offers little to no protection and may result in more serious injuries. If you can, call 911. If not, instruct another person at the scene to do so. If you are alone, wait for someone to stop.
If you are in okay condition, you must still remain at the scene. Even if the other driver leaves first, you could potentially be charged with leaving the scene of an accident if you follow their lead. Wait for the police and paramedics to arrive. Let the paramedics offer you care. Go to the hospital if they recommend that you do.
If it is possible to get pictures of the scene while you are waiting, then do so. If you are not able to, ask if someone else can safely do so. While you can do this at a later date, it is better to do so when the lighting and conditions are the same as when the accident occurred.
Remember as much as you can about the accident and write it down if you can. Do not assume that you will remember – you are likely in shock and you may have a hard time recovering details later on. If you have your phone, record a transcript so that you do not have to write anything down.
Contact a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney
Now it is time to contact an attorney. You are not in this alone. You do not have to handle it alone. Get the help of an attorney who has experience in these cases. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation. We will look into your case and help you find the best way forward.