Were you involved in a hit and run accident in the State of Connecticut? Did you sustain property damages and/or personal injury? Often in a hit and run accident the victim is left to deal with vehicle damage, medical bills and possible loss of income or at the very worst a wrongful death that may have occurred. A victim and their families may feel that because the other party is unknown that they will not be able to file for any type of claim. In many cases this is not true and The Kaufmann Law Offices will fight to protect your rights and collect the compensation you deserve.
Hit & Run Accidents: What You Need to Know
All licensed drivers have an obligation to adhere to the safety rules from the Department of Motor Vehicles, to be vigilant, and to take the responsibility of exercising willful care on the road. These obligations include stopping at the scene of your accident and exchanging contact and insurance information with the other party involved and seeking medical attention if necessary. Failure to stop at the scene of your accident is illegal, and is considered a hit and run. While the majority of hit and run accidents are fender benders, if the hit and run accident resulted in an accidental death, it can be considered a felony.
Most hit and run accidents occur because the offending driver did not realize they hit something, were impaired and were driving under the influence, have previous reasons for eluding the police, have an invalid license, are underinsured or uninsured, or hit a pedestrian or bicyclist. Regardless of the reason, if the offending driver is found, a criminal charge can be made in addition to a civil claim.
If you are the victim of a hit and run accident,the first step is to call the police and seek medical attention. Even without obvious signs of injury, you may have sustained an internal injury that will cause future damage and more medical cost to you. As soon as you possibly can after the accident, gather as much evidence as possible to help prove that the motor vehicle driver that left the scene was responsible for the damages:
- Any identifying traits of the vehicle, including make, model, color, distinguishable damage or marks, or license plate number
- Give police as descriptive of a statement as you can as to the facts of the accident and/or driver
- Take photos of the accident scene, your vehicle (if you were not a pedestrian or bicyclist at the time) record time and date, and any other surrounding factors to help document anything else to prove your claim
- Seek out any witnesses and obtain their contact information and statements
- Contact The Kaufmann Law Offices at (203) 454-7859
Protect and Defend Your Hit & Run Injury Legal Rights
When someone causes an accident, and then flees the scene, the injured party may still be able to collect money to compensate them – whether or not the person causing the accident was ever found, and – whether or not the person causing the accident came into contact with your vehicle. It is important to file your claim as soon as possible after the accident. Protect your legal rights by contacting The Kaufmann Law Offices for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer today.