A hit-and-run accident can cause serious injuries to the victim. There are several steps the injured should take after an incident.
Steps to take after an accident
First, as hard as it may be, it helps if the victim can stay calm and assess whether they have any injuries. If they are injured, it’s important to call for medical help.
They can call the police to report the incident and provide as much detail as possible, including the make and model of the vehicle, license plate number and any details about the driver.
If there were witnesses to the hit and run it may be helpful to have them provide a statement and to write down their names and contact information. The victim can also take pictures of the accident scene, any damage to their vehicle or to themselves.
The victim can suffer from a wide range of injuries in a hit-and-run accident. The speed and force of the impact, the size of the vehicles involved, and whether the victim was in or outside of a vehicle can all affect the severity of their injuries.
Head and brain injuries which can include concussions, traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures are common. Victims may also experience whiplash, spinal cord injuries and other back problems from the collision impact.
They may also suffer from fractures, broken bones and bruises on their arms, legs and other parts of their body as well as injuries to soft tissue including cuts.
Internal injuries and emotional trauma may also occur and may not be immediately visible which is again why it is important to seek medical care. The victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.