Hit and run accidents are quite tragic when they occur, and unfortunately, they happen more frequently than they should. It is somewhat difficult to determine exactly how many hit and run accidents happen every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that many deaths, especially pedestrian deaths, occur in hit and run accidents.
Many hit and run accidents happen at night when there are fewer witnesses to the accident. There are many reasons why people will cause an accident and then flee the scene. A common one is that the person who caused the accident is afraid of the consequences they will face if they admit that they caused the accident and hurt someone, so they leave the scene in hopes that no one will be able to track them down. Sometimes, the drivers are drunk and know that they face even harsher consequences if they are caught than they otherwise would. People who have outstanding warrants or are on probation face similar harsh consequences if they are caught having caused an accident, and they often also leave the scene, as do individuals who are committing other traffic violations like driving with a suspended license, without registration, or while in possession of drugs.
If you have been hit by a car or another vehicle and the driver leaves the scene, do not fall for the temptation to pursue them. Not only could this worsen any injuries you may have, but it could also be extremely dangerous to pursue them, especially if the driver is high or drunk. What you should do instead is to immediately call the police to tell them what happened and give them as much information about the car and driver as you can. If you can get witnesses or the license plate number, it could greatly assist the police in catching the guilty driver and bringing them to justice. Also, try to take pictures of the car or have someone else take them to show the property damage.
After calling the police, you need to take care of your health. Even if you just have a slight headache or feel a little dizzy, this could mean even more serious injuries are coming, and your health is the number one priority. This is another reason why you should not try to pursue the offending driver — you need to stay put and wait until the paramedics arrive to take you to the hospital or emergency room.
After you have been treated for any injuries, you then need to immediately call an experienced Philadelphia hit and run lawyer. You may be worried about how you are going to pay your medical bills, especially without the other drivers information or insurance company. This is where your attorney will be invaluable to you. They will assist you when you contact your own insurance company by helping you provide them with the most information that you possibly can about the incident. There are still ways for you to receive compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills and your pain and suffering, even if you do not have the information of the other driver.
Pennsylvania law requires drivers to have $15,000 minimum in liability insurance. But there are still many people across the state, including Philadelphia, do not have liability insurance or even any kind of car insurance. Because of this, the state operates a fund called the Assigned Claims Plan (ACP) that is intended to provide compensation for people hurt in accidents with uninsured drivers or in hit and run accidents. The fund will provide up to $15,000 in compensation, but you must qualify to receive money from the ACP. Your hit and run attorney will help you throughout the application process by helping you demonstrate a solid claim.
Getting the compensation you deserve after a hit and run accident is much easier with the help of an experienced lawyer who knows the ways to get you compensation for your medical treatments and car damage after a hit and run under state law. They will also help make sure the driver is brought to justice. They will help you throughout the process and assist you in navigating the difficult legalities of filing a claim without the other drivers information. Call our offices as soon as possible to begin filing your claim within the appropriate timeline for compensation.