In Chicago, from 2005 to 2010, there were 9,125 hit-and-run fatalities. While thousands more suffered bodily injuries and property damage.
The grief and frustration that victims of hit-and-run accidents experience is unique. In addition to recovering from physical injuries, survivors wonder if they will ever see justice. This emotional burden can overwhelm a victim.
If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run driver, you should be receiving ALL of your benefits, not just the ones the insurance company wants to pay. The following tips will help you protect your legal rights to a fair settlement.
What to do if You’ve Been in a Hit and Run Accident
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important that you take as many notes as you possibly can. Write down the following:
- Time of day
- Make, model, and color of the vehicle that hit you
- License plate number
- Direction the car was headed as it left the scene
- Names and phone numbers of eye witnesses
Make sure that you call the police. The police report will help you when you file a car accident claim with the insurance company. Also, try to take pictures of the scene. Pictures of personal injuries and property damage can be used as evidence to prove your claim.
Finally, see your doctor. Even if you do not believe you are hurt, always seek medical attention after a car accident. Certain injuries, such as whiplash, may take weeks to be felt. Save all your medical bills and the doctor’s reports.
Contact a Chicago Car Accident Attorney
A hit-and-run accident can be devastating to its victims. Many experience financial disasters because of large medical bills and lost wages. Speak to a Chicago car accident lawyer to fight for your legal rights. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 or fill out out online contact form.
Initially, we will listen to you and offer you guidance. We see this initial FREE consultation not only as a way for us to get to know you, but also for you to better understand who we are and what we can do, so you can feel comfortable making the decision as to which law firm to hire.