Experienced Lawyers for Injuries Sustained in Hit and Run Accidents
Nothing is worse than being injured in a car accident only to watch the responsible driver speed off from the scene of the crash. Unfortunately, this exact scenario is a reality for far too many people on Pacific Northwest roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a hit and run accident takes place once every 43 seconds in the US. Despite efforts to extend penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident, hit and run crashes continue to increase with each passing year.
Suffering a hit and run accident can be one of the most disturbing experiences in your life. Not only are you injured but you likely feel alone and victimized by the offending party. The Advocates know what you are going through and are ready to help. Our car accident lawyers have decades of experience helping hit and run accident victims recover compensation for the losses they have suffered. You need an Advocate on your side!
How Our Award-Winning Team Will Help You
Contact The Advocates today about your hit and run injury claim. Our attorneys offer free consultations to discuss the details of what happened and determine your best path forward. If you have suffered an injury from a hit and run, you will likely find the injury claim you file will become more complicated with each passing day. Proving liability, gathering your comprehensive medical bills, and negotiating with insurance adjusters is simply too much to handle on your own. You will almost certainly need a skilled personal injury lawyer fighting on your behalf.
What you need most is an Advocate attorney on your side. The Advocates Injury Attorneys have experience:
establishing fault for your accident
negotiating fair settlement for your losses
and defending your right to maximum compensation
Our law firm takes pride in helping our clients make the best recovery possible after they’ve been injured due to another’s negligence.
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What to Do After a Hit and Run Car Accident
The first and best piece of advice for anyone who is unlucky enough to be involved in a hit and run accident is to stay calm. Panic will only make the situation worse. The next step to take is to check to see if anyone is seriously injured. If so, you should call 911 at once and execute any emergency procedures which may be necessary.
If no one is in need of immediate medical attention, then the next step is to call the police to report the hit and run. Before you call, it is important to try to remember any descriptive details which may aid the police in tracking down the fleeing vehicle. Examples of relevant details to provide the police include:
- Color of the vehicle
- The make and model of the vehicle
- The license plate number
- The direction in which the vehicle fled
- Physical features of the driver or any passengers
- Any abnormal features of the vehicle such as a spoiler or a bumper sticker
While you wait for the police to arrive, you should consider calling your insurance provider to report the collision. They will open a claim so that you may begin receiving benefits as soon as possible. While you are on the phone with your insurance agent, be sure to ask if you have Uninsured Motorist (UM) or Under Insured Motorist (UIM) coverage. You should also ask about any Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits you may have on your policy. Don’t panic if you do not have such coverage on your policy, simply ask them to add it for the future; also, you can always use PIP policies after the fact.
The very next call to make should be to a personal injury attorney with The Advocates. A hit and run accident is a criminal act and, more than any other type of accident, requires skilled legal representation. You won’t find a more experienced personal injury law firm than The Advocates.
Common Injuries from Hit and Run Accidents
Too often, hit and run accidents produce serious consequences for all those involved. Not only do drivers and passengers suffer severe injuries, pedestrians and bicyclists are also frequently victims of such criminal behavior. Considering how pedestrians and bicyclists do not have the same protections, like airbags and seat belts, the injuries they suffer are usually magnitudes worse. Indeed, statistics have shown that 20% of all deaths to pedestrians and bicyclists are caused by a hit and run driver.
Here are some of the most common injuries caused by hit and run accidents:
- Facial disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Damaged organs
- Soft tissue damage
- Partial or incomplete paralysis
- Total paralysis
- Internal bleeding
- Fractured vertebrae
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Torn shoulder muscles and ligaments
- Loss of life
Hit and run accidents are almost always dangerous for all involved. If you are the victim of a crash caused by a hit and run driver, you will need the best team of accident lawyers available in Idaho and Washington State. What your case deserves is the skill and knowledge of the The Advocates Injury Attorneys.
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Simply call our office at (206) 452-4200, fill out a contact form, or chat with a live attorney right now from the bottom of your screen. Our team of injury attorneys is ready to help you win just compensation for your injuries and losses. You deserve an Advocate!
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