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When Should You Hire a Lawyer for a Hit and Run Accident?

Monday May 16, 2022

A car wreck can be extremely stressful. You are driving when suddenly a car hits yours. But instead of the other driver stopping, they speed off. What just happened?

If you've been hit by a hit-and-run driver, you may be confused about what to do next. The situation may be even more complicated if the other driver left the accident scene. For this reason, if you notice that a driver is fleeing the scene of the crash, you should try to get any details of their vehicle, including the license plate, color, make, and model of the vehicle. 

Hit and run accidents are a common problem on roadways. A hit and run lawyer can help you with your case, ensuring you make decisions that won't jeopardize your personal injury claim. This will help ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and losses after an auto accident.

What Is a Hit and Run Accident?

A hit and run accident is an auto accident in which a motorist hits a person, vehicle, or object and then leaves the scene without providing their information. In such accidents, the driver is aware that they are involved in a wreck, yet they choose to drive away without providing their contact details and insurance information or seeking help for the accident victims. 

For example, if a driver hits another car while leaving a parking lot and drives away without leaving any contact information, such a driver may face hit and run charges. A driver who hits a pedestrian or crashes into your compound's walls and decides to drive off may also face such charges.

Hit and run drivers don't stop to check if they've injured or even killed anyone.

There are many reasons why an at-fault driver may choose not to stick around after an accident, including:

  • They are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • They don't have a valid driver's license
  • They have an outstanding warrant of arrest
  • They are driving a stolen car
  • They could be trying to avert problems with their employer when driving a company car
  • They have a suspended license

It's important to note that you shouldn't chase a hit and run driver. You may end up breaking speeding laws as you pursue them. Still, it may be challenging to convince the police and your insurance provider that you weren't also fleeing the accident scene.

When to Get a Lawyer After a Hit and Run Crash

After a hit and run accident, it's advisable to get a hit and run accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you throughout the claims process and ensure you get the best possible settlement for your injuries. Remember, every moment counts after a hit and run accident.

Here's when you should consider contacting a lawyer after a hit and run accident.

After You've Received Medical Attention and Filed a Police Report

Your wellbeing after an accident is critical. Always make sure you receive medical treatment after a hit and run accident. If you ignore medical treatment, you may worsen your injuries and jeopardize your claim.

Calling law enforcement officers after traffic accidents helps with investigations and documentation. The police will investigate the scene and prepare an accident report. Your insurance company may require this report after your car crash.

Seeking legal counsel after an accident is essential. A lawyer can look into the details of your case and offer you the best legal options.

You can call your personal injury lawyer once you have received medical attention and talked to the police. Your attorney will investigate the scene and gather evidence to build a solid personal injury case.

If You've Sustained Property Damage

After a hit and run accident, your vehicle may sustain significant damage. The at-fault driver's insurance policy or your uninsured motorist coverage can come in handy during repairs.

Hiring an attorney after sustaining property damage ensures they protect your legal rights throughout the claims process. In some instances, it may be impossible to repair the damage. A personal injury lawyer can push for compensation that's worth the value of your motor vehicle.

Property damage doesn't just encompass vehicles. If a driver hits your house or business premises, they may be liable for property damages.

If You've Sustained Bodily Injury Necessitating Medical Care

After an accident, you should find out if you are severely hurt. Check for any visible injuries or blood. If you have sustained any bodily injuries after a crash, it's advisable to speak to a hit and run lawyer.

An attorney can gather and analyze evidence, like medical records and bills, to ensure you receive a fair settlement for your injuries. This compensation could cover past, present, and future medical bills associated with your injuries.

If You Want Maximum Compensation from the Insurance Company

Insurance companies always try to offer victims of hit and run accidents lowball settlements. These companies care about their bottom lines. They'll do everything in their power to limit payouts for accident victims.

With an experienced hit and run accident lawyer by your side, you can understand the value of your claim and how much you deserve. A lawyer can help you have a clear understanding of the cost implications of your injuries and how they may affect your life.

Speaking to an attorney before accepting a settlement is essential because you generally can't go back to ask for more money from your insurer.

Receive Financial Compensation With an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer

Have you or someone you care about been hurt in a hit and run accident? Being involved in a car accident is usually stressful for all parties involved. It becomes even more stressful when the other driver vanishes from the scene without any regard for the injured persons.

After a hit-and-run accident, your auto policy may cover your damages. A lawyer can help you receive compensation for damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, vehicle damage, and lost wages, after your car wreck. 

Remember, the defendant may have hired a defense lawyer to build a strong case against you. For this reason, it's best to seek the legal services of an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge is ready to help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation today for immediate legal assistance.

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