Whether you’re walking down the street or driving to work, the last thing you expect is to be struck by a vehicle. However, when you overcome the initial shock, you may be devastated to discover the negligent driver has fled the accident scene. Unfortunately, many people are afraid of facing consequences for their actions, making this all too common. If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, understanding the steps you must take to proceed is critical. Luckily, the following blog explores what you should do if this reflects your circumstances and explains why contacting a Baltimore County auto accident attorney is in your best interest.
What Is a Hit-and-Run?
A hit-and-run occurs anytime a driver involved in an accident leaves the scene without stopping to identify themselves, contact the police, or share their insurance information with the other driver. This most often occurs when there is property damage or injuries are inflicted. Often, drivers are afraid of facing consequences, especially if they are driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, or otherwise negligent.
Unfortunately, this can leave the injured driver to shoulder the burden of medical bills they did not cause.
What Should I Do After?
If you are hurt in a hit-and-run, your first instinct may be to chase after the driver to get their information. However, because you are unaware of the extent of your injuries, you should remain at the scene and contact emergency services to request emergency medical care. Unfortunately, trying to pursue the other driver is dangerous, as they could be driving erratically, and your injuries may worsen over time, putting you and others at further risk.
When you contact emergency services, police will also be dispatched to the scene. Be sure to give them as much information as possible regarding the accident, such as the make, model, and license plate of the vehicle, if you were able to see it. The police will also look for witnesses to the collision who can provide additional information to help aid in their investigation.
You should also contact your insurance company to report the accident but do not provide any statements until you have first consulted an experienced attorney.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
Navigating insurance policies following a hit-and-run can be complex, as you may be left paying the price for another person’s negligence. As such, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced auto attorney as soon as possible to help you through these complex times. Additionally, if the driver is apprehended, they can help you file a lawsuit against them for the damages you’ve endured due to their actions.
When you’re hurt because of a negligent driver, the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi can help. We understand how devastating it can be to discover the driver responsible left the scene, which is why we’re here to help you through the process of fighting for compensation. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with these complex matters.