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I Am the Victim of a “Hit and Run” Accident – What Should I Do?

by Sep 13, 2022Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Victims of hit and run car accidents often wonder how their insurance company will handle the accident and whether they will be able to receive compensation for their injuries. Without the other party present at the accident scene, how should you proceed? Here’s what to do after you are injured in a hit and run to ensure your legal rights are protected. 

Hit and Run Victim Rights

As a hit and run accident victim, you have legal rights and the right to compensation for your medical bills and other accident-related expenses. In contrast to many other car accidents, the fact that the party responsible for your accident fled the scene means they face possible criminal charges if and when they are tracked down. As your case progresses, your hit and run accident attorney should take the time to explain how this could affect your personal injury case. However, that’s something to concern yourself with in the future. For now, here are the steps you should take as soon after your hit and run accident as possible. 

First, call the police. A police report is very important in a hit and run accident. Since you are the only party to the accident that is still present, you need proof that the accident happened when and where you say it did. Law enforcement will document all the details of the accident and will include the fact that the other driver fled the scene. Law enforcement will help to find the perpetrator, which will make it easier to hold them legally and financially accountable. Additionally, calling for emergency medical attention will be the quickest way to get yourself to the hospital so you can get the medical care you need. 

After receiving medical attention, it’s time to start thinking about next steps. Contact personal injury lawyers in Minnesota to find one who is a good fit for your case. Your attorney will have the legal knowledge you’ll need to pursue compensation through your own insurance company or the other party’s insurance once they are found by law enforcement. Minnesota requires drivers to carry uninsured motorist coverage, which makes it easier for accident victims to obtain compensation from their own insurance when the other party can’t be found.

Criminal Vehicular Homicide Hit and Runs

If your loved one was killed in a hit and run, the driver may be charged with criminal vehicular homicide after law enforcement tracks them down. The defendant may eventually be ordered to pay your family restitution. Unfortunately, many victims’ families never see this money. To cover the accident-related costs, it is often more realistic to seek family benefits. This type of case can be complicated. To have the best chance at being reimbursed for accident-related expenses, speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

Personal Injury Attorneys for Hit and Run Victims

Unfortunately, hit and run car accident victims often face more challenges than victims of the average two-car accident. The driver responsible for your injuries chose to flee the scene to avoid the consequences of their actions. By working with law enforcement and an experienced personal injury attorney, you may be able to hold the defendant accountable and receive the compensation necessary to cover your accident-related expenses. Sieben Edmunds Miller’s personal injury attorneys are here to support you during this difficult and emotional time. We will handle your insurance company and law enforcement so you can focus on your recovery. To get started, call our office at (651) 994-6744.

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