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What Should I Do if I've Been Injured in a Hit and Run Accident?

Injured in a Hit and Run?

Hit-and-run crashes, often caused by drunk, reckless, or uninsured drivers, leave injured victims facing setbacks from injuries compounded by the struggle to recover compensation.  Victims of hit-and-run accidents can sustain a wide range of injuries, depending on the circumstances of the collision and the severity of the impact.

If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian, cyclist, passenger or driver in a hit-and-run accident, speak to an experienced car accident lawyer  at Regan Zambri Long, who can advise you on your rights and the options available to seek compensation for your injuries.

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A Hit and Run Is Not an Accident

In Washington, DC, leaving the scene of an accident, also known as “leaving after colliding,” is a serious offense. The driver who hit you left the scene without stopping or providing contact information. Any driver involved in a collision legally obligated to stop immediately and exchange contact information with the other parties involved. Failure to do so can result in significant penalties.

What Steps Should You Take if You’ve Been Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?

paramedics with injured person after Hit and Run AccidentIf you’re a victim of a hit-and-run accident in Washington, DC, taking the following steps can help protect your rights and increase the likelihood of being compensated:

  • Seek medical attention: Your health and safety are the top priorities. Even if you don’t feel seriously injured,  get checked by a medical professional. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but could worsen if left untreated. Additionally, medical documentation of your injuries is vital for any potential legal claims.
  • Report the accident: Contact the police immediately to report the hit-and-run. Provide them with as much information as you can remember about the incident, including the location, time, vehicle description (if known), and other relevant details. A police report will be needed for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  • Gather evidence: If it’s safe, gather evidence at the scene of the accident. Take photos of the damage to your vehicle, any injuries you’ve sustained, and the surrounding area. If there were any witnesses to the accident, try to obtain their contact information.
  • Notify your insurance company: Contact your insurance provider to report the hit-and-run accident. Provide them with the details of the incident and the police report number, if available. Your insurance policy may cover hit-and-run accidents under uninsured motorist coverage, but the specifics can vary, so it’s essential to understand your policy.
  • Consult with a lawyer: Consider seeking legal advice from a qualified attorney specializing in personal injury and hit-and-run cases in Washington, DC. A lawyer can help protect your rights and advocate on your behalf.
  • Preserve evidence: Keep all documents related to the accident, including medical records, repair estimates, and correspondence with insurance companies.
  • Follow through with medical treatment: Attend all follow-up appointments and adhere to your doctor’s treatment plan. This is essential for your recovery and demonstrates the seriousness of your injuries, which can strengthen your case for compensation.

How Is Compensation Recovered for a Hit-and-Run Accident in DC if the At-Fault Driver Is Not Found?

Washington, DC, follows a no-fault system for car accidents, which means compensation for a hit-and-run accident depends on your own insurance coverage:

  • Your Bodily Injury (BI) Liability Coverage: This covers your medical expenses and lost wages if you were injured in the accident, regardless of who caused it.
  • Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury (UMBI) Coverage: If the driver who hit you can’t be identified, this coverage kicks in. It functions similarly to your BI coverage but applies when the at-fault driver lacks insurance.
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Coverage (Optional): While not mandatory in DC, PIP coverage can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs irrespective of fault.

Similar to the steps after your injury, here’s a breakdown of the process to recover coompensation:

  • File a Police Report: Regardless of how you plan to seek compensation, report the hit-and-run accident to the police. This establishes a record of the incident and aids law enforcement in their investigation.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company: File a claim with your insurance company, either under your BI or UIMBI coverage, depending on the situation. Provide them with all your details about the accident, including the police report.
  • Seek Legal Counsel: A personal injury lawyer can be valuable in the insurance claim process, especially if the at-fault driver is unidentified or your claim is denied. They can help ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

Hit and Run AccidentThis system can be advantageous for those whose policies cover all incurred costs. However, if the total damages exceed the limits of your policy, you may be personally responsible for covering additional expenses. For this reason, it is very important to speak with an experienced DC car accident lawyer to protect your rights and receive fair compensation for your injuries.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Hit-and Run-Accident Injuries

A hit-and-run accident lawyer can help you deal with insurance companies and law enforcement, helping you physically and financially. If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run in DC, reach out to a lawyer at Regan Zambri Long for a free consultation to discuss your case. Here are a few ways we can help:

  • Washington, DC’s unique status means accidents could involve multiple jurisdictions, adding layers to the legal process. Additionally, accidents occurring on federal lands or buildings may involve federal law.
  • Local traffic laws and penalties in DC may differ from neighboring states, and victims of hit-and-run accidents may face obstacles in collecting evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and meeting filing deadlines.
  • We can help gather evidence, understand insurance policies, and meet legal requirements.
  • As a victim of a crime, you may be able to access additional resources. Your attorney would be able to advise you on this further.
  • Meeting deadlines for filing claims.

Choose Regan Zambri Long for Your DC Hit and Run Injury Case

Washington, DC Car Accident Lawyer Christopher Regan discusses a car crash case with a clientYou don’t have to go through your hit-and-run claim alone. Regan Zambri Long PLLC can provide support and guidance throughout the process, from handling negotiations with insurance companies to representing you in court.

Regan Zambri Long stands out as a top-tier personal injury law firm specializing in car accidents. Here’s why they’re the best choice to represent you:

  • A solid reputation and a history of success, particularly in hit-and-run car accident cases. Their team of skilled attorneys is committed to helping victims like you secure the compensation you deserve.
  • Clients consistently their compassionate approach and dedication to achieving positive outcomes. When you choose them as your legal representatives, you can expect personalized attention and unwavering support throughout the process.
  • Furthermore, Regan Zambri Long operates on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t have to pay unless they successfully secure a settlement or verdict in your favor. This eliminates financial risk and ensures you can pursue justice without worrying about upfront costs.

By selecting Regan Zambri Long, you’re entrusting your case to a highly reputable team known for their expertise, dedication, and commitment to client satisfaction. With them by your side, you can rest assured that your legal rights will be fiercely advocated for. Call us today for a free legal consultation.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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