One moment you are strolling down the sidewalk, and the next minute a car hits you. To add to the horror, the driver does not even stop to help. What should you do?
First Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident
If you are the victim of a hit and run pedestrian accident, here are the first things you should do after leaving the scene:
- Even if you do not think you have significant injuries, get a medical evaluation immediately. Sometimes injuries are not apparent until days later. Delay in the treatment of some injuries, like internal bleeding, can be fatal.
- Tell the doctor that a car ran into you. It is important to link the hit and run collision to any injuries you have.
- Write down any details you noticed about the car and driver. Tell the information to whoever helps you at the scene in case you later forget.
- Get a lawyer to help you. A lawyer will work directly with the insurance company on your behalf.
- Consider talking to a lawyer before giving a written or recorded statement to any insurance company.
Who Will Pay Your Damages in a Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident
If the police catch the hit and run driver, you can go after the driver for your damages. If their auto insurance is not sufficient to cover your losses, you can explore other possible sources of funds to help make you whole, such as an umbrella liability policy or their personal assets.
If the hit and run driver escapes detection and capture, you have several options for getting compensation:
- You might have coverage under the uninsured motorist (UM) coverage of your auto insurance policy or the policy of someone in your household.
- Your health insurance might pay some of your medical bills, but be aware that many policies exclude coverage for motor vehicle accidents. Also, you may have to pay your deductible, co-pay, and co-insurance.
- The medical payments coverage on your auto policy might pay for some of your medical bills.
How A Lawyer Proves Your Case in a Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident
Thanks to technology, there are more options than ever for proving what happened before an accident. Hit and run accidents are more challenging than the typical car crash, so we will leave no stone unturned to try to find out who struck you and to prove their fault. Some of the options include:
- Security cameras along the route you were walking can be useful in showing that you were not careless. They can also provide information about passing cars, to give the police some leads as to possible guilty drivers.
- Video doorbells are becoming invaluable to law enforcement. Police have even solved murder cases using the motion-activated video footage from these devices. If houses or other buildings near the hit and run collision have video doorbells, a lawyer can work on getting access to the footage to try to find the driver and prove his fault.
- Eyewitnesses can help in these cases. A lawyer can piece together the testimony of several witnesses. For example, one witness might have noticed the car, while another might have seen the driver or the license plate.
What Types of Damages Are Available in Hit and Run Pedestrian Claims
Because people do not walk around wearing metal suits of armor, pedestrians often suffer severe injuries in a hit and run pedestrian accident. Some of the injuries pedestrians frequently sustain in collisions with cars include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other neck and back injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Disfigurement, particularly of the face, chest, hands, and arms
The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, PC helps pedestrians who have experienced injuries in accidents. Please call us at 404-474-0804 to get a complimentary case evaluation and consultation. There is no obligation. We do not charge legal fees until you recover compensation.