Hit And Run Accident
You’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, what’s next? That’s a great question, and it really depends on how the investigation is going. Were law enforcement officers able to track down the hit-and-run driver? Do they know who hit you? Has the person been located, or is he or she still on the run? Sure, all of these questions play a significant part in your case, but what’s most important is whether or not you’ve spoken with a personal injury attorney in Jackson. No matter what’s going on in the accident investigation, a good lawyer will help to make sure the best possible outcome is achieved for your particular situation.
After an Accident
Of course, your first priority needs to be your health and your family’s wellbeing. If you haven’t already been taken to the hospital, you need to go and at the very least, get a medical evaluation. It’s not uncommon for injuries to be ignored or unnoticed the day of the crash due to the rush of adrenaline. Once your immediate medical needs have been met, you need to call a lawyer. This is especially important if the hit-and-run driver is still missing. You will probably be dealing with a disappointed and disgruntled insurance agent who is only looking out for the company’s bottom line, so you need somebody on your team, looking out for your best interests.
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In addition to expensive medical bills, you’re likely also facing property damage and time off from work. If you’re the main breadwinner in the family, this can be an extremely difficult time. If you’re still in the hospital or recovering from injuries at home, you can’t earn money and put food on the table. This is why you need to speak with a Jackson personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies can be slow to process and pay claims too, so you could be going months or longer without payment for your injuries.
Obviously, the most important part of dealing with a hit and run accident is making sure an in-depth and thorough investigation has been conducted. Finding the hit and run driver should be a top priority for law enforcement authorities. An experienced personal injury attorney can stay on top of official investigative developments too and make sure the appropriate leads are being followed up on.
U.S. Crash Statistics
- In 2012, 33,561 people died in car crashes around the country.
- In 2011, 32,479 people were killed in crashes in the U.S.
- An estimated 2,362,000 people were injured in crashes in 2012.
- An estimated 2,217,000 people were injured in 2011 crashes.
- About 6,454 people were injured in car crashes every day in the U.S. in 2012.
- In 2011, about 89 people were injured in crashes each day.
$144 Million Death and punitive damages
$120 Million Injuries from dangerous drugs
$20.4 Million Fraud settlement that went to Mississippians
$2.3 Million Brain injury settlement
$2.1 Million Civil rights death
$1.6 Million Fraud settlement for Mississippians
Dealing with Pushy Insurance Companies
Typically, the most difficult part of the aftermath of a hit and run crash is dealing with one’s insurance company. They’re likely pretty upset that the other driver got away. Under normal circumstances, insurance companies can be difficult to deal with. They’re usually looking out for the company’s bottom line. They routinely delay and deny claims in order to save money. It doesn’t matter that you’ve been paying your premiums on time for years and that you’re a loyal customer. You’re not exactly in “good hands,” so you should let your lawyer handle dealing with the insurance company.
What if We Can’t Find the Hit and Run Driver?
The question on everyone’s mind is, what if we can’t find the hit and run driver? Well, that’s not how you want the investigation to go, but it does happen. It’s important to remember that everything is going to be okay. Call your lawyer and let him or her handle the details. You need to worry about getting better, recovering from your injuries and getting back to your normal life.
When to Call an Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run crash, it’s time to call an experienced personal injury lawyer. On top of everything, you’re probably dealing with a pushy insurance company too. It’s not your fault that the guilty party left the scene of the crime, and you shouldn’t have to pay for it. The skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer questions and get you back on track after a hit and run crash. We can even handle your insurance company. You’re the innocent victim in all of this, and you shouldn’t be treated like it’s your fault. Call today to get the ball rolling on your case at (601) 265-7766.