The unfortunate truth is that there are more than 700,000 hit and run car accidents annually throughout the United States. There are both legal and financial penalties for leaving the scene of an accident but that does not stop some people. If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, keep reading to learn how a personal injury attorney may be able to help you.
Drivers May Leave the Scene of an Accident for Many Different Reasons
The list of reasons a driver leaves an accident is long. They may not have a driver’s license or may be driving on a suspended driver’s license. They may not have insurance. They may be intoxicated and want to avoid DUI charges. It could be that they have other legal issues and do not want to deal with the police.
Get as Much Information as You Can
Your case is likely to be won or lost based on the amount of evidence you can secure. This can be difficult immediately after an accident when you may be in shock. However, if you can see the make and model of the car and its color, you will have a better chance of the driver being found. If you can see the license plate or any unique characteristics of the vehicle, you will be in even better shape.
Try to record as much information as you can about the driver too. What color was their hair? Were they male or female? What were they wearing? In which direction did they go? The more information you can give to the police, the more likely they will be to find them.
Call Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Care
You will need the police to come to the scene and write a police report. The police may be able to take down the information you provide and find the perpetrator. At a minimum, you will have a legal record of the hit and run accident. If you have even a minor injury, get immediate medical care. This is important for your own health and to create a record of the injury in case you have to file a personal injury claim.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Even if the police do not find the perpetrator, you may be able to use your own insurance to cover your damages. It could be that someone else can be found partially at fault. The bottom line is that you will not know the extent of your options until you talk to a personal injury attorney who can gather more information from you. Reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.