In a hit and run accident, many states have specific rules requiring that you show proof that another vehicle caused the accident and that the driver fled the scene before being identified. Sometimes this requires evidence such as an independent witnesses or physical damage showing that your vehicle was struck by the hit and run driver.
Whenever you have been injured, it should always be your first priority that you seek the follow up treatment that you need. However, in a hit and run accident, it is also very important to immediately contact your own auto insurance carrier.
- Your auto insurance contract requires you to cooperate in the reporting and investigation of a claim.
- Your insurance company will attempt to assist in finding the hit and run driver.
However, understand that your interests are different from the interests of your insurance company. The insurance companies have trained adjusters that want to settle claims as quickly and for as little as possible, or deny your hit and run claim forlack of proof. Until you have consulted an attorney,
- Do not sign a release of your claims.
- Do not make any written or recorded statements or sign anything that could be against your interest.
- Do not discuss settlement until you are fully recovered from your injuries and have been discharged by your physician.
Contact an attorney to help you fully understand your legal rights. Legal rights, including filing a lawsuit, are subject to time limits. You may need to act immediately to protect your rights. As a victim of a hit-and-run accident, there may be additional protections for you. Please call 513-824-6300 to speak directly with the law office of Gregory S. Young and to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.