According to AAA, more than 10% of car accidents across Massachusetts are hit and run accidents. Unfortunately, these accidents account for almost one in five pedestrian fatalities.
Most hit and run accidents involve a driver driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Such drivers flee the scene to avoid facing criminal charges.
What Should You Do If You Have Been In A Hit And Run Accident?
If you’ve been a victim of a hit and run, you are probably feeling hurt, confused and angry. There’s also a high possibility that you might never find the person responsible for the accident.
The good news is there are a few things you can do to recover:
- Call the police
This is to notify the police that the person responsible for your losses has fled the scene.
- Gather information
Get as much information as you can about the driver if you hope to locate them as soon as possible. If you can, write down their license plate number even if it’s only a part of it.
It’s also important that you find out the color of the vehicle, what make it is and the model. Was there anything peculiar about the car? Did it have any scratches, dents or graffiti on it?
Did you get a good look at the driver? What did they look like? Who else was in the car with them? Look around for any clues they might have left behind and if there are traffic cameras.
Take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take close up shots and wide-angle pictures. Don’t dismiss any detail about the accident even if you think it’s irrelevant. Let the police and your Hyannis, Ma car accident lawyer determine what’s important and what isn’t.
- Call your insurance company
After gathering all the details about your accident, call your insurance company and let them know about the accident.
Your insurance company will want proof that you were actually in a hit and run so make sure that you provide them will all the details of your accident.
Suing For Damages After A Hit And Run
If you have been involved in a car crash, someone has to be held responsible for the damages regardless of whether they stay or they flee the scene.
The good news is that you can sue the person responsible for the hit and run and you can be compensated for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical costs and property damage.
Our Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
At the Kevin P Landry Law Offices, we understand what a person goes through when they are involved in a car crash.
We can help you maximize the value of your claim against your insurance company or we can help locate the hit and run driver.
We have worked on cases involving hit and run drivers and through the help of our team of investigators, we have managed to track down some of the hit and run drivers.
Contact us today at 508-775-1660 to schedule your free initial consultation r you can visit any one of our offices.