Hit and run accidents make the evening news periodically, usually when someone hits a pedestrian and fails to stop and aid the injured person. This heinous behavior, however, is just one type of hit and run accident. More common are cases where a driver hits a parked car on the street or in a parking lot, causing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars of damage to another vehicle without waiting for the damaged vehicle’s owner to return and without leaving a note with contact information. The AAA Foundation for Highway Safety estimates that at least one hit and run accident happens, on average, every minute in the United States. They also report that 20 percent of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. in the last ten years are due to this type of accident.
What to do if you are involved in a hit and run accident
If you are a driver in a hit and run accident, you are legally (and morally) bound to stop and assist the injured person. It’s a terrifying experience, even if it wasn’t your fault. You will only make it worse by running away from the scene of the accident. Even if you are later found not to be at fault, simply leaving the scene will likely earn you a substantial fine and higher insurance premiums in the future.
If you hit a parked car, make sure to leave your contact information where the owner will be likely to find it, such as under the windshield wiper or tucked inside the door frame. It’s also a good idea to document the accident by taking photos and noting the make, model, color of the vehicle you hit as well as its license plate number.
What to do if you or your property were hurt in a hit and run accident?
If you or your property have been hurt in a hit and run accident, don’t leave your future financial security and that of your family in the hands of an insurance company. Even your own insurance company is charged with keeping settlement costs at a minimum. You need someone with your interests–and only your interests–at heart. That’s why you need a good personal injury attorney. Look no further to utilize the best hit and run attorney Houston has to offer.
At Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer and Harris, we have the experience, training and contacts to get you the money you deserve to help pay your medical expenses and compensate you and your family for your time off work. To learn more about how we can help you get you a settlement that will help you put this awful incident behind you, contact us at (insert contact info) to schedule a free consultation. In most cases, you’ll owe use nothing until (or unless) we collect money on your behalf.