Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Hit and Run Accident

You Don't Have to Deal with This Alone

Imagine being out on the road, driving safely and cautiously. Suddenly, you feel a jolt and hear the sound of your car slamming into another vehicle. As you begin to pull over to exchange information, you realize that the other driver has fled the scene of the accident. This scenario is all too common and can leave you feeling confused, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. It can also leave you or your passengers seriously injured or worse.

A hit-and-run accident is a collision where one driver leaves the scene without providing their contact and insurance information. In the state of Pennsylvania, this is considered a crime and can result in severe penalties for the driver if caught. As a victim of a hit-and-run accident, it's imperative that you seek legal representation to help you navigate the complex legal system and secure compensation for your damages.

Keep reading for information on dealing with a hit-and-run accident and when to get an attorney involved.

Investigating & Reporting the Accident

The first step in pursuing justice in a hit-and-run accident is to gather as much evidence as possible. This includes taking photos of the accident scene, noting any damage to your vehicle, and checking for any nearby surveillance cameras or witnesses.

It's important to interview any witnesses who saw the accident. They may be able to provide valuable information about the driver who fled the scene. You should also contact law enforcement immediately and file a police report. The authorities will investigate the accident and work to identify the driver.

Understand Your Insurance Coverage

In Pennsylvania, if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident with another motor vehicle, you may receive compensation from your insurance provider to cover your damages if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage. This type of coverage will protect you when the other driver involved flees the scene or they do not have liability insurance to cover the damages incurred. Additionally, if you have collision coverage in your policy, your provider may cover the damages to your car, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

It's important to note that Pennsylvania law does not require drivers to carry UM coverage, but it is strongly recommended.

Even if you have insurance coverage, there is no guarantee that your insurance company will provide you with the payout you are entitled to or a fair settlement. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and they often try to minimize the amount they pay out on claims. This is why having an attorney represent you when negotiating with insurance companies can be incredibly helpful.

Your attorney can help you prepare for negotiating with your insurance company by helping you collect evidence in support of your claim, such as:

  • Medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Proof of lost wages

Representing You in Court

Suppose you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident and are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver. In that case, it is important to know that retaining an attorney can be beneficial in ensuring your legal rights are protected. If your case progresses to court, an attorney can represent you throughout the entire process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.

Once the lawsuit is filed, your attorney can begin preparing the case for trial. This may involve conducting depositions, gathering additional evidence, and working with expert witnesses to establish the extent of your injuries and damages. Your attorney will also prepare legal arguments and present them in court to persuade the jury to rule in your favor.

Our Law Firm Is Here to Help When You Need It Most

Presenting the case to a jury can be a daunting task, but having an attorney by your side can provide you with the confidence and support you need to succeed. The personal injury attorneys at Golomb Legal, P.C., are ready to use their legal knowledge and experience to assist you. Message us online to schedule a consultation.