Hit and run accidents account for nearly 30% of accidents in the Chicagoland area. A hit and run accident is when the person causing the accident leaves the scene. Hit and runs may not only cause property damage and physical injury, but also add to the victim’s stress after the accident since it can take awhile for law enforcement to find the person who caused the accident. It’s also possible the person will never be held accountable.
Kryder Law’s experienced hit and run accident lawyers can help you navigate your legal choices after you or a loved one have been injured or had property damaged in a hit and run.
Hit and Run Laws
In Illinois, drivers are required to stop after hitting another vehicle in such a way that results in personal injury and/or death of a person. If you have caused an accident, it is critical that you stop, make sure 911 is called if anyone is injured, and inform the police of the incident. You should also exchange contact information with the other people involved. Document the scene by taking photos if you can.
Fortunately, in Illinois, uninsured motorist insurance is included in the legal minimum requirements for auto insurance. This means that your insurance company will compensate you for injury and damage incurred by the accident. However, it is in the insurance company’s best interest to reduce their payout as much as possible. One of Kryder Law’s hit and run attorneys can work with you to make sure your insurance company compensates you fairly.
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Protect Your Interests
Some hit and run accidents can involve serious injuries, especially if a pedestrian is involved. If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a hit and run, you might consider pursuing a lawsuit to recover medical expenses due to catastrophic injuries, such as those to the brain, spinal cord, or internal organs. These injuries might also affect future earnings as well as require long-term–even lifelong–care. If a loved one has been killed in a hit and run accident, you might also look into wrongful death prosecution.
Our hit and run accident attorneys are ready to help you
Working with an attorney can make the aftermath of a hit and run much easier to deal with. An attorney can help you deal with the investigation, interpret police reports, and, if necessary, represent you in court. Kryder Law’s accident lawyers are prepared to investigate your case and make sure you understand your options after a hit and run accident. We are also available for in-home consultations if you cannot travel. If you’ve been injured, don’t wait. Request a Free Case Evaluation today or call us at (312) 223-1700.
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What to Do if You’ve Been Involved in a Hit and Run
Hit and run accidents are an unfortunate part of driving. Most hit and run accidents are relatively minor, but leave you with injuries and damage to deal with. They are complicated to investigate and handle since the other person involved in the accident left the scene. There are several things that you can do to address the situation.
Call 911 (or an alternative number for emergency services) right away. Help will arrive quickly and be able to provide medical assistance if needed. The police can also start the investigation and have a better chance of finding the evidence that you need. They will also be on the lookout for the other vehicle by looking for any vehicles in the area with damage. The 911 dispatchers will be able to give you guidance on how to care for your injuries before help arrives. This can be lifesaving in many instances. If the person who was injured during the hit and run accident is not able to dial emergency services, witnesses should take care of this for them.
Look for Witnesses
If there are other people around, look for witnesses. Witnesses can provide more information about the accident and the other vehicle. Witness statements can be used as evidence in a trial and provide information on the other vehicle involved in the auto accident. Being involved in a hit-and-run accident can be extremely disorienting. You may not even have really realized what was going on until it was too late. This can make it difficult to remember details about the car and the driver that hit you.
Take Smartphone Photos
You should try to take photos of the other car and the accident scene using your smartphone or tablet. Depending on how the accident occurs, it might be possible to grab your phone and take a quick photo of the car that hit you driving away. However, if this is not possible, it is still worthwhile to take photos of the accident scene. Your personal injury attorney will work with neighboring businesses to see what surveillance footage is available of the crash. The photos that you can take at the scene can help to elaborate on the case.
How Common Are Hit and Run Accidents
There are 682,000 hit and run crashes each year. Only a small fraction of these incidents cause fatalities. The majority of victims that are killed in a hit and run accidents are pedestrians or bicyclists who have been struck by motor vehicles. The best way to avoid hit and run accidents is for both parties to remain vigilant and alert about the dangers. Drivers should strive to be patient as pedestrians cross streets and not try to drive around them. Pedestrians should do everything in their power to be as visible as possible. This includes wearing reflective tape or flashing lights to make it more obvious that they are trying to cross the street, especially at night.