Philadelphia Hit & Run Car Accident Lawyer
Hit and run accidents occur every day across the United States. Statistics have shown that approximately 11 percent of reported crashes involve at least one driver fleeing the scene of the crash. When motorists do not stop and get help after the event of an accident, they put the lives of other drivers at risk and fail to take responsibility for the entire incident. Despite the fact that fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal in every state, fatal fleeing the scene of an accident crashes have been increasing since 2009. Between the years of 2009 and 2011, there was a 13.7 percent increase in fatal hit and run accidents across the nation.
The Lawyers at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., have handled numerous hit-and-run accidents with injury. Hit-and-run accidents with injuries must be handled properly, so that no rights or remedies available to the injured person against the hit-and-run driver are lost. There is no purpose served in guessing why the hit-and-run driver actually left the scene; it is best to simply accept the fact that he or she did. If you saw the license plate, car make and/or model, or any other identifying information, be sure to write this information down so you can make reference to it later.
If you were injured by the negligence of a hit-and-run driver, you must call the police. Most insurance companies (and the assigned claims plan, if no insurance is available) have a requirement that persons injured in hit-and-run accidents report the hit-and-run to the police within 30 days of the actual hit-and-run. When the officer responds to the scene, provide him or her with as good of a description of the hit-and-run vehicle as you possibly can. It is also vital to describe your injuries to the officer or ambulance personnel with as much specificity as you possibly can provide.
If you are injured, and the officer asks if you need medical assistance, use your common sense. If you have pain, then it is most likely a good idea to agree to have first aid responders examine your injuries, and possibly transport you to the nearest emergency room. If the injuries inflicted by the hit-and-run driver are not that severe, then you can probably contact your family doctor, or another non-emergency health care professional when you get home, or the following day. Often times, injuries caused by the hit-and-run driver will not manifest themselves for 24 hours, or even longer. It is therefore imperative that you seek medical care as soon as possible.
Sometimes, the police will locate the hit-and-run driver, and provide you with his or her insurance information. The following is important: insurance companies, including both your company or the hit-and run driver’s, are not in the business to offer you fair compensation. They are in business to make money. For this reason, it is highly advisable that you do not contact either your own company or the hit-and-run driver’s insurance company without counsel. If you do, you run the risk of having your own words turned against you to your detriment. By having an experienced lawyer at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. talk on your behalf, you are eliminating much of the red tape which insurance companies create.
If you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident with injuries, you are entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you sustained. By calling the attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. at 215-543-7220, you can be assured that your rights and interests will be protected and maximized. Together, we will review your insurance policy, and determine what the maximum amount of coverage available to you is. You will be guided through each step of your claim. Our mission is simple. You come first. This drive permeates our entire firm, from our founder, Greg Prosmushkin, Esquire, to your first contact with our firm: our receptionist.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.