Being the victim of a hit and run accident can be a terrifying and confusing experience. When a driver speeds away from the repercussions of an accident, it’s the injured victim who has to call for medical assistance and initiate the claims process without having the at-fault party’s insurance information.
Victims of hit and run accidents can sustain the following catastrophic injuries and more:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Accidental amputations
- Multiple bone fractures
- Burn injuries
- Organ damage
Granted, sometimes a driver may not realize that a human being was hurt, particularly if the accident occurred at night. This is still a punishable offense, but less reprehensible than other excuses. Regardless, the Georgia Code states: “The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or the death of any person or in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of the accident or shall stop as close thereto as possible and forthwith return to the scene of the accident.”
More often, an at-fault driver in a hit and run accident will flee the scene for the following reasons:
- The driver doesn’t have an insurance policy
- The driver doesn’t have a valid driver’s license
- The driver is dealing with other legal issues
- The driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident
But what steps should you take if you’re the victim of a hit and run accident? It can be difficult to afford your ongoing medical expenses, especially if your insurance policy only goes so far and the police haven’t been able to identity and/or apprehend the driver. This situation can get even more complicated if your injuries prevent you working.
To aid future hit and run accident survivors, the car accident attorneys at Pratt Clay have compiled the following list of tips:
- If possible, take mental notes about the driver and their vehicle, including: car color and model, the licenses plate number, and the driver’s distinguishing features.
- Pay attention to which direction the driver fled.
- If you have passengers, make sure they are safe and unharmed.
- Call for emergency services or ask a bystander to make the call for you.
- Take pictures of your damaged vehicle, the accident scene, and your injuries.
- If you were an Uber or Lyft passenger, take pictures of your receipt.
- Take down witness information, including their names and phone numbers.
- Write down the names and badge numbers of the law enforcement officials.
- Seek immediate medical attention, no matter the extent of your injuries.
- Keep record of any injury-related bills, receipts, etc.
- Obtain copies of your medical record and the police report.
- Notify your insurance company about the accident and ask about your policy options.
- Contact a qualified legal representative.
Explore Your Legal Options with Our Experienced Team
Contact the hit and run car accident lawyers at Pratt Clay if you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run collision. We can investigate the collision, negotiate with insurance company representatives, and help you pursue damages through civil litigation. If the police are unable to locate the at-fault driver, we can also represent your interests in recovering compensation through an uninsured motorist claim.