Philadelphia Hit and Run Accident Attorney
For victims of a hit and run, the consequences of physical injuries or loss of properties can be serious. Extensive medical bills can become a financial liability, and chronic pain can interfere with work, causing lost wages, even unemployment. A hit and run accident’s repercussions often extend beyond the initial period of recovery, resulting in the injured party’s lost earning capacity and missed opportunities for employment.
Lost or damaged property can also significantly impair someone’s ability to function, causing emotional distress and inability to work. For example, if your vehicle sustains damages, you may be unable to engage in your normal activities without reliable transportation.
Why Choose Ciccarelli Law Offices
After being involved in something as serious as a hit-and-run accident, you need attorney with vast experience handling these cases. Contact the Ciccarelli Law Offices today.
- Our Hit and run attorneys take on the toughest cases and fight diligently for every client so they can receive maximum compensation for their damages and injuries.
- At the Ciccarelli Law Offices, we have decades of combined legal experience in personal injury law, which gives us invaluable insight into litigating these cases.
- We take hit-and-run cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients pay no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for their case, and they do not pay a dime in legal fees until we secure the compensation they deserve.
How to Protect Your Injury Claim
Immediately after a hit-and-run accident occurs, there are several steps you can take to protect your physical health and to protect future compensation claims.
- Stay there. As tempting as it may be to chase a driver that flees the scene, do not do so. Get your vehicle to a safe location and try to remember everything you can about the vehicle and driver that fled the scene. This includes vehicle license plate number (even if you only remember a portion), a description of the driver and vehicle (make, model, color, etc.), the direction the vehicle was heading after the incident, and more.
- Call 911. Dial 911 when you get to a safe location and report what happened. Let the dispatcher know that an incident has occurred. If anybody is injured, make sure EMS is on the way. Give the 911 dispatcher as much information as you can about the driver and vehicle that left the scene.
- Seek medical care. Regardless of how severe you think your injuries are, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. In many cases, car accident injury signs and symptoms do not appear until long after the incident occurs (latent injuries). An exam by a doctor will ensure your well-being while also establishing a link between the crash and your injuries.
- Gather evidence. If it is safe to do so at the scene of the incident, use your smartphone to take pictures of any evidence. This includes damages to vehicles, any injuries, traffic conditions, debris caused by the crash, and more. Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses and any other people involved in the crash.
- Call an attorney. By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, you will ensure you have an advocate by your side to work with law enforcement and your insurance carrier to secure maximum compensation for your injury and damage expenses.
- Report to your insurer. You will need to contact your insurance carrier fairly soon after the incident occurs and make a report. Your initial incident report does not have to include much detail other than a brief description of what happened. Do not accept any kind of fault for the accident at this point.
What to Do If You Experience a Hit and Run Accident
While a hit and run accident is very stressful, a victim can take some steps to minimize the negative effects:
- Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious injuries. Even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt seriously, you should still see a doctor soon after the accident to make sure you don’t have latent injuries. Injuries like brain damage and whiplash may not become obvious for days after an accident, and a doctor’s exam will help document any potential problems.
- Try to gather as many details as you can about the car that hit you. Write down the color, make, and model. If possible, try to see or remember the license plate.
- Determine whether any witnesses might be able to verify events or provide additional information, and take down their names and contact info.
- Before you leave the scene, note the exact location and time of the accident. Take pictures of the site and of the damage to your property.
- Resist the urge to follow the car that hit you or your property. Call the police instead, and file a report. Be sure to give the police all the information you gathered about the vehicle, the time and location, and any witnesses. Regardless of whether the police find the vehicle that hit you, it’s important to have a police report on file. It will help with the insurance claims and establish the accident details for any future legal proceedings.
- Contact your insurance provider and file a claim.
- Find experienced legal representation.
A hit and run accident, also sometimes called “leaving the scene,” occurs when a driver collides with a pedestrian, cyclist, other vehicle, or property and leaves without reporting the incident. Hit and run accidents cause loss of property, injury, and death, and they’re all too common; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that one in five pedestrian deaths is the result of a hit and run.
Who Pays for Hit-and-Run Damage and Medical Care?
Understanding who pays for damages in a hit-and-run accident can be complicated. Payment for hit-and-run damages usually comes through your own car insurance policy. All major insurance companies offer uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage that can help pay expenses if you are struck by a hit-and-run driver. Some states even require drivers to carry this coverage, but the state of Pennsylvania does not require this type of coverage.
The good news is that uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is relatively inexpensive, and this type of coverage can offer extensive protection in the event a hit-and-run accident occurs.
Pennsylvania law also allows drivers to choose what is called “no-fault” car insurance. If drivers have chosen no-fault coverage, they will turn to their own insurance provider for coverage of their medical bills, regardless whether or not they are involved in a hit-and-run crash.
If you can identify the driver
In the event a hit-and-run driver is located by law enforcement, you may be able to approach this in the same way you would a traditional vehicle accident. That is, you will file a claim with the hit-and-run driver’s insurance carrier. However, hit-and-run drivers often do not have insurance. You may be able to recover some compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. Still, again, they may not have the assets to cover the damages you sustained.
Contact a Philadelphia Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer
Victims of hit and run accidents should seek experienced legal counsel to help them understand their rights and to aid in financial recovery from any medical bills and lost wages. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. These cases can become incredibly complicated, particularly when attempting to prove liability and secure compensation. At the Ciccarelli Law Offices, we will investigate every aspect of your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Philadelphia hit-and-run accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 215.228.0100.
Contact the Philadelphia car accident lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices for a consultation. (215) 228-0100