This is a question that is unfortunately all too relevant: if you suffer an injury in a hit-and-run accident in Phoenix, does that mean that you have no legal recourse to sue for damages? Not necessarily. We invite you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 if you are in this position. Otherwise, keep reading to learn what options there might be.
You Might Be Able to Identify the Driver
Just because the driver did not stop at the scene to give you their contact information does not mean that you cannot identify them. Get any information you can, including the color of the vehicle, a description of the driver, or a partial license plate number. The police might be able to use even a small amount of evidence to determine who was driving at the time of the accident.
Never Follow the Driver
If you are not seriously injured and your vehicle is not totaled, it can be tempting to try to follow the drive that is fleeing the scene. This is not wise. Remember that not staying at the scene is a crime. This is a person who is thoughtlessly committing a crime and potentially leaving an injured person at the scene of the crime without rendering aid. You do not know what else they will do to cover their tracks.
Contact the Police Right Away
The best chance the police will have of finding the driver will occur in the hour after the accident. Even if they cannot catch a driver speeding away, they are more likely to find witnesses who saw the accident or saw a car fleeing. This can help get them license plate information and other relevant info. They might also be able to review camera footage at local stores and properties.
Get Medical Care Right Away
It is very important that you visit the doctor sooner rather than later. Not only is this essential for your health as you could have an injury that is not immediately apparent, but if you have to file a personal injury case, this visit to the doctor will be essential evidence.
Your Options if You Cannot Find the Other Driver
If the other driver cannot be found, then your own car insurance might cover your damages, assuming you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to find out what your legal rights are and how to recover the damages you might be eligible for.