car accident

Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

No one ever plans on being in a car accident. Unfortunately, they happen too often and on our busiest roads; many involving serious injuries and gross-negligence.  If you’ve been in a car accident where another involved motorist flees the scene, it’s considered a hit and run. In any kind of auto accident, involved drivers have a responsibility to stay at the crash site until details are sorted out and information is taken. Police involvement will also aid in determining which parties are at fault, which may include citations and fines for some. An official report is also generated for all parties in the crash.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run collision that occurred on Interstate 405 and State Route 167, Saturday night. Serious injuries were sustained by victims in the two disabled vehicles.  A third vehicle fled the scene. Witnesses told troopers that a red, four-door car changed lanes and hit a white station wagon, causing it to lose control and hit the barrier. After it came to rest, it was t-boned by a large SUV.  Three of the four passengers in the station wagon suffered several serious injuries, including lacerations and broken bones.

“Regardless of how afraid you may be or uncertain you are as to what to do, stopping, doing the right thing, exchanging your information, and getting with the other people in the vehicle to make sure they’re not injured…it’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s your legal obligation to do,” said Sgt. Julie Fisher of the WSP.What To Do if This Happens to You

What to do if you are involved in a car accident?

While waiting for police help to arrive, and if able, take down any information about the type of car, color, license plate number, and distinguishing features of other parties involved. Don’t assume all verbal information shared by involved parties is accurate. If possible, take pictures with a cell phone or camera. More detailed information, particularly with any witness’s names and phone numbers, will prove beneficial in submitting a thorough police report, that will be used for filing any insurance and future personal injury claims. First-hand information and details given to authorities at the time of the accident help corroborate victim’s injury claims and damages, in the event, other parties alter their accounts to negate responsibility and liability.

Damages resulting from the car accident

Chances are, if your vehicle sustained damages, you probably did too. After you’ve been injured in a crash, you may need help paying medical bills or making up for missed work and lost wages. Filing a personal injury claim provides an opportunity for victims to be compensated for damages, not only to their vehicles, but also for their physical well-being, including pain and suffering.

To ensure your best interests and recovery from loss, consult with Fielding Law Group to properly assess your rights and claim to a fair settlement for injuries and damages caused by a Hit-and- Run accident. They have the skill and expertise to negotiate legal liability claims for victims and injured parties of car accidents. Contact for a free evaluation of your personal injury case today.