Hit and run crashes are especially devastating. Oftentimes those injured feel victimized twice. Not only do they sustain physical injuries from the accident but it may feel like there is no recourse available when the offender flees the scene.
Recently, a 50-year-old man and 46-year-old woman were struck by an SUV on their front lawn in Brooklyn. They sustained leg injuries and are expected to recover. However, the driver left the vehicle behind and fled on foot.
What to Do after a Hit and Run Accident
The most important thing is to determine if medical attention is required. Even if it’s not sought at the scene of the accident, it’s a good idea to get thoroughly checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. There may be internal injuries or what appears to be a mild injury could be much more serious.
It’s also critical to take notes in order to recall as many details as possible such as a description of the vehicle (make, model, color) and the person driving or any passengers. Even if a victim didn’t get a good look at the person’s face, any information could prove valuable.
Of course, in a situation where a vehicle is left behind, such as in the aforementioned story, it could make locating the person easier. On the other hand, it may be that the vehicle was stolen. But even if the driver flees with the car, getting the license plate number would be helpful.
Talking to bystanders could help with gathering additional information. They might have seen more and could be able to provide additional details.
Lastly, contact the insurance company. If the driver is never found, coverage may be available. Of course, seeking legal action may also be an option if the person responsible is eventually caught. For help handling a hit and run claim, contact an attorney from Gacovino, Lake & Associates.