Although being involved in an accident then fleeing the scene before information is exchanged and a police report filed is against the law in Pennsylvania, many people find themselves the victim of hit and run accidents. These hit and run accidents often involve pedestrians. In 2012, there were more than 4,500 pedestrian injuries, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
When a pedestrian is the victim of a hit and run accident, the results can be catastrophic. If you’ve been in a hit and run pedestrian accident, here’s what you need to do.
Seek Medical Attention
If you’re the victim of a pedestrian accident, you should call 911 immediately following the accident and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Getting the proper medical treatment for your injuries is by far the most important thing that you can do following an accident.
Not only is important to make sure that your injuries are treated as they should be for recovery – especially if your injuries are severe – but seeking medical care is also an important way of documenting your injuries. The documentation of your injuries can play a major role later, when the assessment of your financial and personal damages is being calculated.
In a typical pedestrian accident, information about the driver involved would be gathered so that damages could be recovered. In a hit and run accident though, you may not have any information about the other driver. As such, it’s important that you collect as much evidence as you can about the cause of your accident, anyone who saw the accident, and injuries that resulted because of the accident.
Write down anything at all you can remember, this list of things being some of the most important.
- Vehicle color
- Vehicle make
- Vehicle model
- License plate number
- Date of the accident
- Time of the accident
- Location of the accident
- Details (what you were doing immediately preceding the accident)
Additionally, any witnesses to the scene should be contacted. If the accident was reported to the police, then they may have already talked to witnesses and gathered evidence to help track down the driver.
It is also important that you document evidence of your injuries. If you can, take photos of your injuries, and keep a journal about treatment and how the injuries are affecting your life.
Contact an Attorney
Being hit by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian is traumatizing, and can cause injuries that may change your life. When a motorist commits a hit and run accident, then need to be held liable for the destruction and harm that they cause.
One of the most valuable resources available to a hit and run pedestrian accident victim is an attorney. An attorney can help you to collect all of the necessary evidence you need, and can interview eyewitnesses to collect information about who hit you. Then, an attorney can help to put all the puzzle pieces together, helping you to find the motorist who caused your injuries.
Once the culprit has been identified, an attorney can help you to file a claim for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Acting as your advocate during a lawsuit, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, will fight hard to make sure that you get the compensation that you both need and deserve.
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury suit to reclaim damages is two years from the date of injury, according to PA Const. Stat. 5524. To get starting on defending your rights today, call us for a case consultation. Our team can be reached now at 215-642-2335.