Lancaster Hit and Run Accidents: What Can You Do?

                By on January 24th, 2018 in Accident News

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Posted on January 24, 2018

In Lancaster County two days ago, an account of vehicular damage was taken after two men were spotted getting into a parked, running vehicle. They attempted to pull out of the parking space but backed into another vehicle. After the accident, they then pulled forward into the vehicle in front, preceded to get out of the vehicle, and escape on foot. Though nobody was injured, this act of negligence could have easily become more than just property damage – it could have become a serious injury case. But what happens in a hit and run case just like the one in Lancaster? What options do you have?

What is a Hit and Run? 

hit and run accidentsHit and run accidents can be scary because you never expect a driver to hit you and keep driving. You believe that many drivers would stop to ensure that a driver has not been injured. Hit and run accidents, then, take place in accidents where a driver causes damage and intentionally leaves the scene immediately after. This happens in two ways: a driver hits an unattended parked car and leaves no contact information, or a driver hits you and speeds off, not checking to ensure that you are okay. Having information in one of these accidents can benefit you in many ways, as it will increase the chances that police will catch the driver who hit you and help your car insurance company make decisions about your claim. Without any information, it can be difficult to recover for many.

The first thing you may want to do is take legal action against a driver but, as mentioned, this is impossible without knowing anything. So how can you prove your case and show the negligent actions of a missing party? You want to preserve all evidence related to the scene and cooperate with every aspect of their investigation. Perhaps you can note certain physical details about the driver and their vehicle that will guide police in the right direction. Maybe your memory is unreliable but there are multiple people who witnessed the scene and can help.

When worst comes to worst, you may have to take care of things like medical bills by yourself, which is why you may have to make an uninsured motorist coverage claim against your own insurer to recover for damages that cannot be given to you by the other driver. There are many complex aspects in these cases that can leave you feeling helpless about how to move forward.

Because we care about your case and want to help you receive the best results, we want to hear from you as soon as possible. No matter how you have been injured by another driver, we can take a look at your case at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, where we have combined years of experience in these claims. Call us today for more information at 888-208-1810.

Sources

http://lancasteronline.com/news/policelog/lancaster-county-police-log-wednesday-jan/article_43c7b4aa-00b5-11e8-96a8-6fe6f117668a.html

https://www.dmv.org/tips-for-handling-a-hit-and-run-driver-claim.php

https://www.justia.com/injury/motor-vehicle-accidents/car-accidents/hit-and-run-accidents/