I Was Injured In A Hit And Run Accident: What Do I Do?

It is unfortunate that relatively few people are forthcoming and willing to own up to causing an accident on the roads. There are far too many hit-and-run accidents in America, and these kinds of incidents are difficult to prosecute and pursue when one of the parties to the accident disappears to try to escape accountability.

If you are involved in a hit and run accident and the other driver speeds away, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself so if you suffer injuries you can still file a claim and perhaps locate the other driver in time.

Be Quick

If you can write down anything you notice about the other vehicle – can you get a license plate number? What type of vehicle was it? Did you note the color or make/model of the vehicle? Was the car driven by a male or female? Which direction was it going and on what street? Take down as much information as you can, especially any distinguishing marks (a cracked taillight, a racing stripe, etc.) that can help distinguish it from similar vehicles. Take photos of your damage and any noticeable physical injuries.

Get Help

Call the police and file a police report about your hit-and-run accident. Give the police as much information as you can about the other vehicle, as well as information about your vehicle as well as the date, time and facts about the accident (do not point fingers; just state what happened). When possible, try to get witness statements and add them to the report.

Next, get medical attention. If you file a claim before you know the extent of your injuries, the insurance company will attempt to settle for less money if your injuries are believed to be minor or you do not get checked out within 12 hours of the accident. Some injuries may not manifest for a couple days or more, but they can be observed early on. Make notes of all the injuries that are observed and get treated.

Make the Call

Once you have been checked out and you have the police report and information about the other vehicle, contact your insurance company and a quality Memphis personal-injury attorney. With the insurance company, provide information about the accident, your known injuries, information about the other vehicle and state only the facts of the accident. Then, give much of the same information to the attorney when you meet, and allow for a thorough investigation of the accident and let the attorney work with the insurance company and the police to locate the other driver and protect your right to be compensated for your injuries.

If you have been involved in a hit and run car accident and you suffered an injury, whether mild or severe, contact Memphis Law Firm today. Our team of experienced attorneys and professionals will assess the damages and get you the compensation package you deserve.

Car Accidents: See A Doctor Even If I Don’t Feel Injured?

One thing is true about auto accidents – they can often leave their marks days and weeks afterward, even if it’s a minor fender-bender. Whether the marks are physical, mental or emotional, virtually no one gets away from an accident unscathed.

It’s like a good football or basketball coach who hardly loses a game – they remember every loss. The same thing is true with auto accidents for most of us; they happen so infrequently in our lives that we have very distinct memories of them.

The Hidden Injuries

If you go into an accident on the basic presumption that every accident will leave a mark in some way, then you will understand that even if you bump a car at 2 mph and you immediately get out of the car and feel no physical pain, it is always a good idea to take precautions because the body will sometimes have a delayed reaction to a quick trauma like a collision.

There are some physical injuries that won’t manifest themselves right away, especially in a more violent collision, where adrenaline is pumping and is distracting you from the injuries you have suffered. In any and every event, it is a good idea to have medical personnel evaluate you at the scene of an accident. Something like whiplash or other muscle or joint injury may be present and you may not be immediately aware.

Get Full Disclosure

Don’t assume that because you feel fine, that you actually are fine. Every accident needs to have a full accounting, and that includes any injuries to yourself as well as drivers and passengers in the other vehicles. If you refuse medical attention at the scene because you feel “fine,” then if and when you decide to file a claim for damages, your claim will be less-regarded if you delay in getting treatment.

Possible brain injury, whiplash, and internal bleeding are three serious conditions that may not manifest right away, but if they go unchecked or undiagnosed, could lead to serious problems later. For these reasons alone, get checked out to rule out these time-release injuries so you can have an accurate picture of the results of the accident and have everything ready in case you need to file that legal claim.

Take No Chances

Even if you feel perfectly OK following an accident, do not miss out on a chance to protect your health. You trust a professional attorney to secure your legal health in an auto accident; you should then protect your physical health by getting evaluated by a doctor to head off any “hidden” injuries that may impact you later. Don’t take unnecessary risks, especially if you are considering a legal claim. Your physical right to health is just as important as your legal rights!

If you have been in a car accident and suffered a car accident injury it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.  Contact us today for a consultation.

What Do If You’ve Been Injured At A Museum

Think about this: Memphis is the museum capital of the world with over 24 museums located in the area. But what happens when something goes wrong and you sustain an injury? This happens all the time all over the country. Whether it’s an experiment that goes wrong in the children’s museum like the video below or a slip and fall accident from the museum not maintaining their property properly or an injury suffered because the curator didn’t hang the exhibit properly, you have rights. Our Memphis Law Firm will help you seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. We are not afraid to fight for a settlement or go to court to litigate a verdict.

If you’ve been the victim of an injury at a museum in Memphis, then contact our experienced injury attorneys today! And remember we never get paid until we settle or get a verdict for your campaign.