Watching those responsible for your injuries flee the scene of a traffic collision can be a horrifying experience. If you have been injured at the fault of an unidentified person, do not attempt to apprehend anyone on your own. Here are some key steps to take to help build a personal injury case:
What do I do if I’ve been injured in a hit-and-run?
Call 911. Tell the operator you have been injured in a hit-and-run. The operator will alert emergency personnel. When the police arrive, relay as much information as you can about the other vehicle and driver. Be specific about the time of the wreck, location and driving conditions. Do not admit fault at any time. Point out any witnesses to the police. Take photos of the scene as well, including weather and road conditions.
When speaking with a medical provider, share all of your symptoms and the specifics of your crash.
Take down names of everyone you speak to: medical providers, paramedics, police and any witnesses. Write down all the events with distinct details as soon as possible.
How do I pay for my medical bills? What if they never catch the other driver?
In Missouri, money will come from your own insurance, specifically the policies pertaining to uninsured motorists. Because Missouri law requires Missouri residents have uninsured motorist coverage of at least $25,000 per person for bodily injury, your insurance should help pay medical bills.
However, insurance companies aren’t in the habit of writing out checks without finding ways to reduce costs first. If you’re struggling to cope with your injuries, you may not have the ability to fight for the money you need. To fully understand your legal options, speak with an attorney.
For a free case consultation, contact Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz at 1 (877) 337-6651.
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