Hit and run accidents can often be extremely traumatic. Not only has a person been in an accident, but the responsible party also fled the scene. Because of this, individuals are often confused about what to do next and how to pursue compensation for their injuries. Although Chicago hit and run crashes should be treated like regular car accidents – in that the plaintiff still needs to prove they were not at fault – there are actions that potential plaintiffs and their attorneys should take after they have been in a hit and run crash.
Attempt to Identify the Driver
Although it is often difficult to find the driver in a hit and run, an individual can increase their chances of finding the responsible party if they write down relevant information directly after the crash. This is because they are likely to remember the accident best at that moment. Information that could help a police investigation includes: the license plate and make and model of the other vehicle; any damage sustained by the other vehicle; which direction the other vehicle was headed; photos of the damage to the vehicle; and the location, date, and time of the accident.
Recovering Damages after a Hit and Run
In a regular accident, the responsible party’s insurance pays damages to the injured person. In many instances, the injured will file a personal injury case, arguing the responsible party’s negligence led to their injuries. Accident victims can pursue compensation for their medical expenses, vehicle damage, and any pain and suffering they endured. However, if the hit-and-run driver cannot be identified, often individuals will need to go through their own insurance to receive compensation. This can be a complicated process, and personal injury attorneys can help.
What Is an Example of a Hit and Run?
Not long ago, a man died after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Chicago. According to a recent news report, the deceased was walking on Pulaski Road when a car struck him. The driver of the vehicle continued onward without stopping. The man suffered serious injuries in the collision, and he was pronounced dead thirty minutes later. The driver who left the scene was identified, and there is no indication whether charges were filed. Because the injured man died, his family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver, arguing his negligence in hitting the deceased and leaving the scene of the accident cost the man his life.
Because hit and run accidents may be difficult to prove – either in tracking down the responsible party or obtaining damages – those injured in a hit and run should contact a lawyer to help with their claim.
Contact an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Chicago hit and run accident, contact the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. We are here to help take the stress off your plate and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We have the experience to hold the responsible parties accountable as you emotionally and physically recover. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 312-924-7575.