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What to Do if Hit By a Driver Who Leaves the Scene
When you are hit by a driver who does not stop to exchange information about the accident, you've been involved in a "hit and run." Drivers may leave the scene of a crash for a number of reasons. They may not have auto insurance or a driver's license, or they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. They may even flee because they have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. Regardless, there is never an excusable reason to leave the scene of an accident, and those who do have committed a criminal act.
In Pennsylvania, law enforcement authorities take hit and run accidents very seriously, and so do we. At Metzger Wickersham, our firm has been trusted for more than 135 years and boasts a large support staff. This enables us to thoroughly comb through the details of our clients’ cases and make efficient, effective decisions that will give our clients the best chance at a satisfactory outcome.
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What to Do After a Hit & Run
Being in a car accident can be extremely stressful on its own without the added complication of a driver that doesn’t stop to take responsibility. Although it can sometimes be difficult to track down the at-fault party in a hit and run, there are certain steps you can take to increase the chances of finding the person who hit you. It is important to be prepared in case this happens to you.
- Call 911. Get the police to the scene of the accident so that they can fill out a report. Request an ambulance if you or your passengers need medical attention.
- Don't try to follow the driver. The person behind the wheel may be dangerous and should not be confronted without authorities present.
- Gather evidence. Write down any information you can remember about the vehicle and driver responsible for your accident, including the vehicle’s make, model, and color, and anything you can remember about the license plate. If there are witnesses nearby, be sure to take their names and contact information as well.
Speak to witnesses and obtain their names and contact information.
Photograph your car and the scene of the accident. It is also helpful if you are able to take a photo of the other vehicle's license plate before the driver leaves.
- See a doctor. Even if you don’t immediately feel hurt, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, it will be helpful to establish a paper trail documenting your injury.
- Contact an attorney. Never sign anything or accept a settlement agreement without first consulting an attorney – you could be offered much less than you are owed!
The better you document all information at the scene of the accident, the better chance you have of finding the driver. Our firm can offer you a free case evaluation to get started in your pursuit of justice!
Understanding the Legal Consequences of Hit & Run Accidents
Being involved in a hit and run accident can be a traumatic experience, leaving you with physical injuries, emotional distress, and financial burdens. In addition to the immediate impact, there are also legal consequences that the responsible party may face.
In the state of Pennsylvania, leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense. It is considered a criminal act, and the penalties can be severe. If caught, the driver may face fines, license suspension, probation, and even imprisonment, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
It is important to understand your rights and legal options if you have been a victim of a hit and run accident. By consulting with an experienced Pennsylvania hit and run accident lawyer, you can navigate through the legal process and seek the compensation you deserve.
At Metzger Wickersham, our team of skilled attorneys has extensive knowledge and experience in handling hit and run accident cases. We can help you gather evidence, identify the responsible party, and pursue a claim for damages. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the justice and compensation you are entitled to.
Get Help from an Experienced Pennsylvania Hit & Run Accident Lawyer
Metzger Wickersham is ready to offer you a free case review to discuss your rights and legal options. If the driver who hit you is identified, we can fight for compensation from their insurance company or by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver. If they are not identified, it may still be possible to file a claim with your own insurance company through your own uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. When you consult an attorney at our firm, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss which avenues are available to help make you whole again.
Call today to request your free case review: (888) 286-2850.
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