It is one thing to be struck by a negligent driver; it is another problem altogether to be struck by someone who flees the scene. Depending on the circumstances, hit-and-run cases can be more complicated than your standard accident. They require thorough investigation of the facts and assertive legal representation.
At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, P.C. in New Castle, we have extensive experience aiding victims of car accidents as they pursue compensation. We are a successful injury and accident firm with recognition from Martindale-Hubbell and Super Lawyers. Our team is well-prepared to aggressively fight for your interests.
They Should Have Stopped; Now You Are Paying The Price – We Can Help
A “hit-and-run” occurs when a vehicle operator knowingly leaves the scene of an accident after striking:
- A walking pedestrian
- An object or building
- Another moving vehicle
- A parked vehicle
- A cyclist
These drivers are legally obligated to stop after causing damage. They may flee the scene for several reasons. Some may not even realize the extent of damage. Maybe the driver fears the financial consequences of the accident – either in a lawsuit or in long-term impacts on their insurance rates.
Whatever the reason for their fleeing, there is simply no excuse for their actions. They have abandoned their responsibility after causing harm, and perhaps worst of all, their presence might have helped the injured. Compensation for hit-and-run damages can cover an array of losses for the victim. Our attorneys will assertively advocate for you throughout the process.
What To Do After A Car Accident
Accidents may leave those involved confused and unsure of what to do next. If you have been involved in an accident, whether it is a hit-and-run or otherwise, consider these steps:
- Ensure that all involved passengers and drivers are safe and call for emergency help if necessary.
- Call the police. Once they arrive, they will begin detailing the incident into a record that may help secure evidence.
- Share vital information with other drivers. This can include insurance, contact information and your driver’s license.
- If possible, connect with potential witnesses who can help verify what happened.
- Reach out to your insurance company, as well as that of the other driver.
While ideally you will want to catch the license plate number of a fleeing driver, you are better off following precautions that are meant to keep you safe and preserve other forms of evidence.
Learn More About How We Can Assist You
Thanks to decades of experience in representing Western Pennsylvania clients, we have the necessary resources and knowledge to help you get what you deserve. For a free initial consultation on your hit-and-run accident, call us at 724-761-2094 or contact us online.