Hit and Run Victims and Investigation

Drivers who leave the scene of an accident – known as a “hit and run” – are subject to criminal penalties. Yet, despite the possible consequences, hit-and-run accidents occur frequently. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that the number of hit-and-run accidents in the United States in recent years has exceeded 700,000, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities.

If you are injured in a hit-and-run accident, or worse, your loved one was killed, you may not know where to turn for help. At Ainsman Levine, LLC, we have the experience to help you with all aspects of a hit-and-run accident

What Is the Hit and Run Investigation Process?

If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, call 911. Law enforcement will arrive at the accident scene and initiate an investigation. The police officer will gather all available evidence, including your statement about how the accident occurred, any eyewitness statements, and photographs of the vehicle and location of the accident. If the accident occurred in a commercial area, the officer may see if the accident was recorded on any surveillance cameras from nearby businesses.

How Can I Assist in the Investigation?

After you have called for law enforcement to investigate the accident, you can take the following steps if you do not require emergency medical care:

  • Gather evidence at the scene
  • Notify your insurance company
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer

What If the Hit and Driver Cannot Be Located?

Unfortunately, victims of hit-and-run accidents face the possibility of not identifying the hit-and-run driver responsible for causing the crash that injured them and led to medical bills and lost wages. Your first source of coverage is likely the medical benefits portion of your auto insurance policy, which should pay for at least $5,000 toward healthcare expenses. The specific limit depends on the terms of your policy.

If you have optional uninsured motorists (UM) insurance, you may be able to obtain compensation for a portion of your financial losses through this coverage. However, be aware that your insurance provider likely cares more about the dividends it pays to its shareholders than it does about the compensation it pays to you. As such, having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to assist in all communications and negotiations with any insurance company is crucial to obtaining the maximum amount of money due under your policy.

Contact a Pittsburgh Injury Lawyer Today

If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, call Ainsman Levine, LLC today. Our attorneys have the legal skills and knowledge to assist in all aspects of your case. We will fully investigate the accident, attempt to find the at-fault driver, and be your legal advocate in all negotiations with your insurance company to seek the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Because of the complexities of a hit-and-run case, you need an attorney with experience handling these matters. Call Ainsman Levine, LLC, or contact us online today to get started with a free consultation.