What Should I do if I’m Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?

What Should I do if I’m Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?

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Being involved in a hit-and-run accident is both startling and bewildering. It breaches a basic expectation of responsibility, making the victim feel twice wronged. Regrettably, these events are far too frequent on the roads of Connecticut. Should you find yourself injured from such an incident, do not delay in reaching out to a proficient personal injury attorney at Casper & de Toledo in Stamford, Connecticut.

Below are some inquiries you might have:

What should I do immediately after the incident?

First, prioritize your safety. Find a safe spot away from the flow of traffic to avoid further injuries. Then, promptly dial 911. Prompt reporting is essential for receiving immediate medical assistance and allows the police to start their investigation, potentially identifying the culprit through surveillance footage or witness accounts. If feasible, gather any evidence at the scene. This could include photographs of your injuries and your vehicle, any damage to your personal items, and any remnants that could be linked to the hit-and-run vehicle. It’s also crucial to obtain witness accounts. If someone witnessed the accident, make sure to get their contact details.

How do I safeguard my legal rights following a hit-and-run?

It’s important to seek medical care, even if the injuries seem minor at first. Certain injuries, such as whiplash or internal injuries, may not be immediately noticeable. Documenting in medical records any signs of injury or complaints is crucial for any legal proceedings that may follow. The next step should be consulting with a seasoned personal injury lawyer in Connecticut. A lawyer can provide insight into the nuances of hit-and-run cases, including how to proceed with claims against unknown drivers. It’s important to note that your case remains valid even if the responsible driver has fled, as fleeing can sometimes indicates additional illegal activities such as driving under the influence or carrying illegal substances. In Connecticut, drivers are mandated to have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM), which can cover personal injury claims in hit-and-run scenarios. Your incident may not involve a direct collision with another vehicle, but rather an injury caused by another driver’s actions leading you to crash, for instance, into a tree. The stronger the evidence that another driver’s actions resulted in your injuries, the more robust your Uninsured Motorist claim. Your attorney can assist in filing an UM claim with your insurance provider when suitable.

What should I consider in the long term?

Familiarizing yourself with Connecticut’s legal framework is crucial. According to Section 14-224 of the Connecticut General Statutes, drivers involved in accidents causing injury or death are required to stop and provide assistance. Failing to comply can lead to severe repercussions for the hit-and-run driver, such as fines, jail time, and license revocation. For victims, the journey ahead involves managing medical bills, potential income loss, and the psychological impact of the event. This is where a competent lawyer becomes indispensable. Our legal team is prepared to clarify your rights, explore every compensation route, and ensure you’re not left to shoulder the financial aftermath of another’s negligence.

If you have further questions or are seeking compensation for a hit-and-run accident injury, please don’t hesitate to contact Casper & de Toledo today.