We know how upsetting it can be to be the victim of a hit and run accident. Not only are you dealing with the complications of injuries sustained in a car accident, but you may assume that you have no way to recover damages for your accident. This is not necessarily the case. The key is to follow the steps as outlined below. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Your first step is to contact emergency personnel
The first thing to do is to make sure that everyone is safe. If you see an injury on anyone then you need to call 9-1-1 for emergency help. It is essential that even those who feel their injuries are minor are seen by medical professionals who can properly diagnose the injuries. This step in the process also involves filing a police report. When you contact 9-1-1, they will send a police officer or California Highway Patrol officer who will take down the relevant information and file a police report.
You want to write down everything you possibly can. The most crucial things are the license plate number of the driver but you will also want to write down the license plate numbers of other vehicles you see, as those people could be witnesses. If you saw any detail, no matter how small, such as a bumper sticker or a scratch on the car, write that down. Write down when the accident happened and all the specifics of the environment. You may feel as though you will always remember these details but the truth is that your memory is likely to erode much more quickly than you think.
Call a personal injury attorney
The next thing to do is to call a personal injury attorney. At this point there is evidence to gather, expert witnesses to speak with, and an insurance company to work with. Let us handle this. You need time to heal, rest, and have necessary medical treatments done. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can handle the rest. When you have an attorney working on your behalf, you will have the peace of mind that your case is in good hands.
It’s time to contact your insurance company
Many people assume they should contact their insurance company before they contact a personal injury attorney but we do not agree. The reality is that your insurance company may be responsible for paying out if you are involved in a hit and run accident. This means that even though they are supposedly working to your benefit, they are actually more likely worried about their bottom line.
You should not have to worry about this step. You should not have to negotiate a settlement in an industry you are not familiar with. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 and let us take care of this for you. We’ll start with a free consultation.