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What to Do If You Are the Victim of a Hit and Run Accident?

Chrysler Sebring involved in an auto accident If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident, you are likely angry, hurt, and confused.  Whether you were a pedestrian or bicyclist who was hit by a motor vehicle, or your car was hit while you were away from it, you have certain legal rights to compensation.  But it is important that you act promptly. Even though you do not know the identity of the party responsible for the injuries and damages that you have sustained, you are still entitled to compensation under your own insurance policy's uninsured motorist provisions.  Unfortunately, insurance companies are often difficult to deal with even when they are under an obligation to provide compensation pursuant to the policy.  In these situations, an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney can go a long way in protecting your rights and advocating on your behalf to ensure that you receive the most favorable settlement possible.

What to do if you are the victim of a hit and run auto accident

There are several things to remember if you are in a hit and run accident.

  1. Immediately assess any injuries or damage caused by the accident.  Document the injuries and damages to the extent possible by taking photos and getting the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  2. Notify the policy and obtain medical treatment, if necessary.
  3. Maintain accurate and detailed records, of any information you have on the accident, including any information on the other driver, any potential witnesses, photos, medical bills, and medical reports.
  4. Contact an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney to help you understand your legal rights and advocate on your behalf.
  5. Notify your insurance company of the accident.  Because insurance companies frequently take a systematic, formulaic approach to determining claim amounts, it is crucial to enlist the help of a skilled Chicago auto accident attorney to advocate on your behalf.

What to Do If You Witness a Hit and Run Accident

According to this article by ABC News, there are several things that bystanders to a hit and run accident can do. "There's some common sense things people can do," says Arthur Hsieh, a paramedic and the chief executive officer of the San Francisco Paramedic Association.   First, says Hsieh, citizens should make sure the area is safe to approach the person who's been hit. "Many people will stop their own cars or people will wave down traffic," says Hsieh. "But if there's a lot of traffic in the roadway there's absolutely no expectation for someone to risk their own life to rescue someone else." Once cars have stopped, Hsieh says people should follow a few basic rules

  1. Call 911.
  2. Do not move the person.
  3. Do not give the person anything to eat or drink because vomit can interfere with later medical treatment.

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