Contributed by Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer — Getting in a car accident, for any driver, cyclist or pedestrian can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, hit and run accidents occur far too frequently.
A hit and run is when a driver hits a pedestrian, cyclist, property, another car, or causes any collision, and then flees the scene or doesn’t provide truthful information. In these cases, it is important to know what to do.
What Steps Do I Take If I Was Involved In A Hit and Run?
1) Get to Safety
2) Seek Medical Attention
3) Report the Hit and Run to the Police
A hit and run is considered a crime, and it’s extremely important that it is reported as soon as possible – and MUST be within 24 hours.
In addition to criminal charges or Highway Traffic Act charges, anyone else who is at fault for an accident can be involved in a civil suit. Personal Injury lawyers can pursue a claim on behalf of the victim for negligence – Tort Claim.
4) Gather As Much Evidence As You Can
Take Pictures and video
5) Look for Witnesses
Insurance Coverage in a Hit and Run
If you have car insurance, contact them immediately. Even if you were a pedestrian or cyclist in the accident, your car insurance policy will cover these types of accidents.
If no one involved in the collision has auto insurance, you might be eligible for compensation for your injuries or property damage through the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund. Compensation may be available to victims regardless of whether the driver, cyclist or pedestrian is in the wrong.
Experienced Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Cabbagetown
If you or someone you know has been recently involved in a hit and run accident, Tony can assist you with filing a timely claim. As a hit and run victim, you could be fighting for many things—pain, suffering, property damages and loss of income, etc. Contact Tony Lafazanis for a free case review. He will determine if you are within the statute of limitations, and help you obtain compensation through an accident benefits claim and tort claim.