You were walking down the street, when all of a sudden, a vehicle hits you from behind/the side. You wake up and find yourself lying in a hospital bed, without any knowledge of what happened. What do you do next?
This scenario is very common in California and other states across the U.S. Every day, dozens of individuals are hit by vehicles, and left with serious and life-changing injuries. The worst part is that whoever drove the vehicle, kept driving after the accident.
Hit and Run is a serious (supplemental) crime in most jurisdictions, and everyone caught afterward can face serious prison or jail time.
If you got involved in a hit and run accident, be sure to get in touch with Pedestrian Accident Lawyer San Diego as they can help you investigate the case and potentially help you find the one who caused the accident. If and when they do, you will be able to recover your damages from the person responsible for causing the accident.
Here is what you should do after a hit and run accident.
If you are still conscious and able to move, try and get away from the road. The best thing that you can do is scream for help, or yell and someone will come to assist you. If you can, grab your phone and call the police. If you do not have a phone on you or are unable to use (or it was damaged by the impact), ask someone to call 911 on your behalf and report the accident, and request medical assistance on the scene.
A Glimpse of the Speeding Car
It may be a long shot, but if you are able to remember any detail of the car that hit you, it will greatly improve the entire investigation. The details you should always go for (if possible) are:
- Car license plate
- Car model
- The color of the car
These three can usually narrow the investigation and pinpoint the exact location and personal information of the driver and the car. However, if you were hit from the side or from behind, the chances are that you will not see the vehicle that hit you. In that case, it is always good to ask around or yell for help and attention.
Investigation Can Be Long and Exhausting
Once the investigation starts, it may take months, even a year or two before the case is closed and you obtain the compensation for your damages. Depending on your attorney and their experience, the case can last longer (less experienced attorneys take more time to close the case).
With that in mind, you want someone with the right resources, knowledge, and experience in representing victims of hit and run accidents. Car Accident Attorney San Diego have everything you need, and more. Give us a call right after getting injured, and Edward Babbit will schedule a free consultation for you in order to help you find the driver and obtain the compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other damages sustained from the accident.