We see hit and run accidents all the time on TV shows and movies, but it isn’t something we often think that happens in real life. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Hit and run accidents are fairly common occurrences. Hit and run accidents can involve motor vehicles, bicycles and in many cases, pedestrians. In all hit and run cases, it is important to contact the police and to seek emergency medical help as soon as possible.
What causes someone to flee the scene? Fear, shock, panic and they could run away to avoid being charged with impaired driving or perhaps driving without a license.
After seeking medical attention and reporting the accident, in order to help your claim or to act as a witness, it is important to write down any information about the vehicle which has left the scene of the accident, including the make and model of the vehicle, the licence plate number and any physical description of the driver. Cell phone photos of the scene or the damage can be helpful in advancing a claim. Any evidence gathered at the time of the accident can help identify the responsible party who fled the scene.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a hit and run accident, you may be able to seek damages when hit and run accidents result in serious injury, death or damage to property. As a victim, you may be able to receive compensation for your losses from your own automobile insurance company, pursuant to the unidentified motorist’s provisions, and you also have access to additional No-Fault benefits to cover certain losses like lost income and medical and rehabilitation expenses.
Claims involving hit and run accidents can be quite complicated. Horowitz Injury Law has almost 35 years of experience in seeking compensation for injury and/or damages suffered as a result of hit and run accidents. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss the merits of your claim. We will work diligently to settle your claim, but our experienced team of trial lawyers has the expertise to advance your claim. Call us at 416-925-4100.