Every car accident has the potential to be traumatic but they can be even more difficult to deal with when the at-fault party fled the scene. This can leave a victim feeling hopeless and as though they do not have any options. This is not true. Read on to find out exactly what to do if you are involved in a hit and run accident. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Always contact the police
The first priority after any car accident is to get medical attention and a police presence if necessary. If there are any injuries then you should contact 911. Generally speaking, you need to call the police if there is an injury or if there is property damage in excess of $1000. However, in the case of a hit and run you will always want to call the police and file a police report. If you do not, then there is the potential for the other party to file a report claiming you left the scene.
Gather all information you can
If possible, take pictures and videos of the scene of the accident. Write down everything you remember about the accident as soon as you can. Do not assume that you will remember – you may be surprised to learn that many facts can be lost if a person is in a state of shock. You should write down any information you have about the other vehicle and get contact details from any witnesses.
Contact a personal injury attorney
Once you have contacting the police, gotten medical treatment, and gathered as much evidence as you reasonably can, it is time to contact a personal injury attorney. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we will consider your case and offer a free case evaluation. If it is a simple case then nothing may be required other than contacting your insurance company and making a claim against your own insurance.
However, in more complicated cases, you may need to file a personal injury claim against someone. If the driver is found then it could be against them, or their employer if they were working at the time of the accident. If they are not found then there could be other at-fault parties, including the local government if poor road conditions were an issue or other drivers if they were involved.
There is no upfront cost to take your case to court
If you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit and we decide to take on your case, then we will do so on a contingency basis. This means that we cover all upfront costs and we only get paid if you do. There is no risk and no reason not to call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.