The most important thing to know is that your immediate actions after you have been injured in a hit and run will greatly affect your chances of being the responsible party to terms and receiving compensation.
If the Police are able to locate the driver and vehicle responsible for running you down, there is a better chance that you can file a lawsuit or a claim against their insurance provider. No matter which course of action you choose to pursue, you can count on an experienced personal injury attorney to present your case in the most advantageous way possible.
What to do in the Aftermath of a Hit and Run Incident
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a hit and run, the injured person will be disoriented and not thinking straight. Following are some of the steps that will need to be taken, if you are injured, get someone you trust to help you with taking these steps.
-Take a note on all the specifics you can remember about the vehicle that hit you. Remember the model, the color, and the state the plates are from. If you can’t remember this, jot down anything you do remember. Even the position of the driver relative to your location can give you a clue as the height of the vehicle.
-Take some photographic evidence to support your story. As the injured party, your testimony itself will be very important and carry clout. But, if you have some immediate pictures to take, it will make the story all the more believable.
-Get medical attention to be sure all aspects of your injuries are addressed. This includes asking your physician about any ongoing treatments or therapies you could require.
-Be careful what you say to the insurance companies. Remember they are looking to dodge responsibility and anything you say can give them a reason to not pay compensation. For example:
“Hello, I’m Mr. Swindler from the Shady Gray Insurance Co. How are you today?”
“Then we have nothing further to discuss”
Any small admission of guilt or innocuous comment could be an excuse for them to short pay you. Just stick to the facts and nothing more. No pleasantries, no further comments, just the facts.
If the Police Department is able to catch the guilty parties, be sure to counsel with a reputable personal injury attorney. It is important to have a professional perspective guide you on this course to gain your rightful compensation and help you with estate planning after an injury.