Anger, fear, and pain may quickly develop after a hit and run pedestrian crash. It’s a challenge to think clearly and to know what to do if you are hit by a vehicle that leaves the scene of the accident.
What to Do Immediately After a Pedestrian Hit and Run
Whether you are the pedestrian who was hurt or you are a witness to the crash, it is important to make sure that you call 911 immediately; 911 will dispatch both the police and medical first responders. The police will investigate the accident and prevent further accidents and injuries at the scene. The sooner the police are called, the easier it may be for the officers to find the vehicle involved in the hit and run.
Emergency medical technicians can evaluate the pedestrian’s injuries and transport the pedestrian to the hospital for further care. A call to 911 could prevent unnecessary pain and save the pedestrian’s life.
Make a Fair Recovery After a Pedestrian Hit and Run
If you were the pedestrian hurt in a hit and run crash, then it is also important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Even if the driver of the vehicle that hit you is never found, you may still be able to recover damages for pedestrian accident injuries. In Illinois, uninsured motorist coverage is generally part of your car insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage protects you not only when the driver who hits you doesn’t have car insurance but also when the driver can’t be located.
Make no mistake about it, however. If you file an uninsured motorist claim with your own insurance company, then your insurance company wants to pay you as little as possible for your claim. Even though you pay insurance premiums to this company, the insurance company is now an adverse party and you need an attorney to help you get the full and fair recovery that you deserve.
Your recovery could include significant damages, including but not limited to past and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, and suffering.
Call an experienced Illinois injury lawyer to learn more about your rights and how we will help you get the recovery you deserve.