Have you been injured in a hit and run accident? Being in a car accident is bad enough, but when the person flees the scene of the accident, it adds another layer of complication. You may be wondering who will pay for my injuries and damages. Another concern is, is it possible to find out who hit me.
Do not fear you are not alone. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 11 percent of all police-reported crashes involved at least one driver who leaves the scene of the accident. At the Law Offices of Randolph, we have experience handling hit and run collisions to answer all your questions.
How Do Most Hit and Runs Occur?
58 percent of fatal hit and run crashes occur on Friday or Sunday. 47 percent of fatal hit and run crashes occur between the hours of 9PM and 3AM. Hit and run accidents that occur during these hours of the days are often believed to occur because the driver was committing an illegal act that they shouldn’t have been, such as drinking or texting and driving. Panicking, the other driver leaves the scene, thinking it is the best thing to do. Other types of hit and run accidents occur when the driver cuts off the vehicle behind them causing another accident. The driver may continue driving, not know that their negligence caused an accident or believing that they weren’t responsible because their vehicle was not harmed.
In most hit and run accidents, the other driver does not have malintent to harm you. However, that does not change the fact that leaving the scene of an accident is a crime and that you sustained injuries because of it. So, if you have been injured in a hit and run collision, you need to call a Baltimore personal injury attorney.
Steps to Take After the Accident
You were just hit and rather than getting out of your car to approach the other vehicle involved, you see the other driver flee. The first thing that you should do is call 9-1-1 and report the accident. While waiting for help to arrive try to remember what the other vehicle looked like, any defining features of the car, or a license plate number. This information, along with any information that witnesses offer, will help to locate the driver who hit you and fled the scene.
Once the police arrive, they will collect the necessary information and assess the damage in order to fill out a police report. Most importantly, you should get the necessary medical attention for your injuries. Once you begin receiving treatment and medical bills, it will be important to talk to your insurance to have them explain your coverage.
Identifying the Responsible Driver
In a typical accident, you exchange insurance information with the driver who was at fault. This makes filing a claim for injuries much simpler. However, in a hit and run accident, you were probably unlikely to identify the other driver who hit you. If you were able to recognize the type of car that hit you that could make the identifying much easier. Whether that be color, make or model. The more detail you remember the better. The best outcome would be if you got to write down the license plate number of the fleeing car. Also, if people in the surrounding area came to your assistance and could offer any additional information, that can be used to identify the driver of the vehicle.
Injuries Resulting from Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and Run drivers kill about 1500 people annually and about 6 in 10 fatally injured victims are pedestrians. Of course, there are less lethal injuries that one can sustain in a hit and run collision. Hit and run accidents, just like any other type of accident, can occur at high or low speeds and can have multiple different angles of impact. These factors are significant when determining the extent of your injuries. Some of the most common are:
The most common form of neck injury is whiplash. Whiplash is characterized by a number of symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. The symptoms of whiplash can last a year or longer depending on the severity of the injury. If you were in an accident and suffered whiplash you may suffer far into the future. Call a personal injury lawyer to discuss what options you have open to you.
One of the most thought of head injuries is a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can result in either short-term or long-term memory loss. Concussions can take up to weeks to recover and can severely limit your everyday activities until you do recover. There can be other brain injuries that have must more permanent side effects such as internal bleeding. If you have a head injury after being involved in a side impact car accident, you deserve compensation.
Herniated disks, compression fractures and soft tissue bruising are just a few injuries that characterize back injuries. There are 23 disks located in the vertebra and when you suffer trauma any one of the 23 can be injured. On top of that, the tissue and tendons surrounding the vertebra can also be bruised causing serious pain. The pain from these injuries can follow you the rest of your life and may lead to numerous surgeries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, call a Baltimore personal injury attorney. If you have been in a hit and run accident, we know how frustrating the entire process can be. If you have been injured, the insurance companies and medical bills are even more frustrating. Call a Baltimore hit and run injury attorney to discuss getting the compensation you deserve. Come into the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today for a free consultation.