Being a victim of a hit and run auto accident can be quite frustrating due to the lack of concern of the driver who did not even bother to stop to rectify his or her mistake. More importantly, it’s uncertain how you would get compensated for the damages to your vehicle and the injuries you may have suffered. It’s a really unfortunate situation to be in but luckily there are ways to deal with it.
Types of hit and run accidents
There are primarily two types of hit and run accidents:
The first one involves a situation where a car hits your car while it was parked and unattended and leaves, without sticking around to leave contact information. In a few cases, people do stick around and leave a note to the owner with their contact information through which damages can be collected. Most times though, the driver drives off without leaving any contact information.
The second type of hit and run accident is when a vehicle hits you and speeds off without bothering to check up on you. You may be compelled to chase him/her down but do not attempt to follow as it could lead to another collision as the other driver panics and tries to escape.
If the car hit you while you were inside the vehicle or were walking on the pavement, try to memorize and note the make, model and the license number of the vehicle. This information can be extremely vital in augmenting your claim against the fleeing driver. On the other hand, if your car was hit while it was parked unattended you may ask around for potential eyewitnesses. In both cases, CCTV cameras can also help you identify the car and its license number. Consulting an auto accident lawyer can help you find the car and its driver in a much more efficient way.
Hit & Run accidents allow punitive charges
Under state law, not stopping after an accident which resulted in personal injury or death of someone is considered a felony. The offender can face up to 15 years in prison and pay fines as high as $20,000. Therefore, it is best to stop and provide insurance information rather than fleeing away and becoming a felon.
If you were a victim of a hit & run auto accident and wish to schedule a free consultation, contact the offices of Robert Edens at (847) 395-2200 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.