I Was a Pedestrian Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver. What Should I Do?
Updated: Dec 9, 2019
When pedestrians are hit by a vehicle, the consequences are enormous for the person on foot. With very little protection, pedestrians don’t stand much of a chance when hit with a two-ton vehicle. In the best of circumstances, the pedestrian will often have a very good chance of claiming compensation to help with the expenses associated with the accident. This becomes much more difficult, though, if the driver flees the scene.
So, what can pedestrians do in the case of a hit-and-run accident? Seeking medical treatment is the first course of action a pedestrian should take. Pedestrian accidents result in the worst kinds of injuries, and the most important thing is that the pedestrian gets back to their best health and best life as soon as possible. After getting any necessary medical treatment, there are a few things the pedestrian can do to help with their injuries further down the road.
Report the Accident to the Police
A pedestrian isn’t going to find the person that hit them on their own. This is why it’s so important to report the accident to the police. Try to remember the make and model of the vehicle, as well as the license plate number. The vehicle is also likely going to sustain some damage during a hit and run - knowing which part of the vehicle was most involved in the accident can help police look for the damaged vehicle and identify it.
The only way a pedestrian can seek compensation through a civil lawsuit is if the hit-and-run driver is caught. However, there are other methods of claiming benefits that can help with the cost of recovery as well.
Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company
Kentucky is a no-fault auto insurance state. Due to this, if a pedestrian has a vehicle, they can often report the accident to their own insurance company and receive accident benefits this way. It’s important to contact the insurance company as soon as possible to get a claim started so you can cover your medical bills, get lost wage compensation, and have your out-of-pocket expenses caused by your injury. Oftentimes, insurance companies are even more hesitant to pay claims involving hit and run drivers than if the accident involved two vehicles.
Not only are you entitled to PIP insurance through your own insurance company, you may be entitled to receive a claim payment through your uninsured motorist insurance policy if you purchased it.
Speak to Kentucky's Injury Lawyer
A lawyer can help in the case that the hit-and-run driver is found and the injured individual wishes to file a lawsuit. Pedestrians in a hit and run often have a very good chance of success if the driver is found. Under Kentucky Revised Statutes 189.580, all drivers must stop at the scene of the accident and provide reasonable assistance. When they fail to do so, it is easier to prove they were negligent, tipping the odds in favor of the pedestrian.
Even if the hit-and-run driver can’t be found, a personal injury lawyer can still help. An attorney can speak to the insurance company on the injured party’s behalf and ensure that the pedestrian gets the full amount of accident benefits they are entitled to, from each and every applicable insurance policy.
Involved in a Hit and Run? Contact a Kentucky Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Who Can Help
No one ever wants to think that they’ll be involved in a hit-and-run accident. Unfortunately, these accidents happen more often than people think. Injured parties don’t often realize they may still be entitled to compensation after a hit and run, which is why they need to speak to a Kentucky personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
If you have been the victim of a hit and run, or any other type of pedestrian accident, call or text the Morrin Law Office at (859) 358-0300. You may qualify for our no up-front cost representation. We want to help you get back to your best life as soon as possible.