The instinct to flight in human beings is a strong impulse, especially when people feel as if they may have done something wrong. A hit and run accident, as it is defined by Washington State statues, occurs when a driver is involved in an accident with a pedestrian, another vehicle, or a fixed object, and then leaves the scene of said accident without stopping to render aid to anyone who may be in need of it. This may occur regardless of who actually caused the accident.
What to Do if You Are a Victim of a Hit and Run
The single most important thing you can do is contact a legal firm with a history and proven record of successfully representing clients who have been involved in a hit and run accident, and who has litigated their cases to a successful conclusion: one that results in legal and lawful compensation. This should be done immediately.
What an Accident Attorney Will Do For You
The driver of the hit and run vehicle must be shown to have acted negligently for the victim to hold them accountable. Your attorney will gather all appropriate evidence and records pertaining to the accident including police reports, medical and insurance related information. Assuming that a settlement out of court is not secured, to prevail in a lawsuit your legal representation will be required to demonstrate in a court of law:
- Because of their actions, the defendant caused you harm.
- Damages were incurred as a result of the injuries.
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- This defendant failed to meet this standard of care.
What You Can Reasonably Expect to Receive in Damages
If your attorney is successful in proving your case as an injured victim of a hit and run driver you may expect to be able to collect compensation related to physical, emotional and financial damages. This damages might include:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses.
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
In the Mountlake Terrace area Elsner Law Firm can assist you with knowledgeable and professional advice if you were involved an accident. They have a proven history and extensive record of success in representing accident victims who received fair and rightful compensation. Contact Elsner Law Firm here to schedule a free consultation.