Unfortunately, there are people in this world every day who damage someone’s property, cause an accident or hit a parked vehicle, and simply leave without so much as a second thought – leaving the other parties to deal with the aftermath. If you’re ever the victim of a hit-and-run auto accident in the Salt Lake City or Boise areas, you need to know the main points to cover to ensure that your rights are protected.
First and foremost, stay at the scene and call the police! If you were hit while driving, pull over to a safe area and make the call. Try to note as many details about the vehicle as you can, such as; color, make, model, approx. year, direction traveling, time and location of the accident and of course, if safely possible, the license plate number.
Hit-And-Run Auto Accidents are on the Rise!
In the past decade the number of hit-and-run accidents has risen dramatically, surpassing 10% of the overall number of accidents reported. This huge increase can greatly affect your life, health and finances and chances are becoming more and more likely that you or someone you know will become part of that statistic. Other than the federally mandated liability insurance coverage for your auto, you may want to consider protecting yourself against possible hit-and-run accidents by adding uninsured motorist, comprehensive and collision coverages.
Injured in a Hit-And-Run Accident?
When you notify the authorities of the accident you should request medical attention if you feel that you have been injured in any manner. Soft tissue injuries may take a day or two to reveal themselves but many auto accidents result in serious personal injury and a doctor should determine the exact extent of yours. Be honest and clear about the accident and where you are experiencing pain or discomfort. Be certain to note the hospital, transporting ambulance service name if applicable and the doctor’s name in order to assist you should you need the medical records.
Unfortunately most people injured in hit-and-run accidents receive inadequate personal injury legal assistance, leaving their fate in the hands of insurance companies. If you suffer serious injuries in an Idaho or Utah motor vehicle collision, or if you experience challenges with an insurance claim, you need assistance from an experienced auto accident attorney. The Morgan Law Firm provides the personalized and comprehensive legal support you need when you need help with auto accident law due to a hit-and-run.