Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in Pennsylvania. Punishments could include fines, jail time, and other penalties.
Last month a woman was charged with Driving Without A License, Accident Involving Attended Vehicle, Driving an Unregistered Vehicle, and Harassment. According to reports, the Borough police were called to the scene of a hit and run accident on North Harrisburg Street at Bessemer Street. The victim reported that a vehicle struck her parked vehicle. The driver verbally threatened the victim with bodily harm before leaving the scene of the crash. Police were later able to identify and apprehend the alleged hit and run driver.
What Should I Do If I Am In A Hit And Run Accident?
Do not panic! Contact the police immediately to report the hit and run accident and call for emergency medical services if needed. If you do not go to the hospital directly from the accident scene, see your doctor as soon as possible after the hit and run accident. It is vital that you document your physical injuries in order to receive compensation in a hit and run accident claim. Furthermore, some injuries may not present symptoms for several days. You need a complete physical to ensure you do not have any internal injuries that could become life-threatening if untreated.
Remain at the scene of the accident and begin making notes to help you remember the facts such as the make, model, color, and other details about the car that hit you and/or the driver. Obtain the names and contact information of any eye witnesses and ask them to describe what they saw so that you can add that to your notes.
Photograph the accident scene (if you are unable to do this yourself, ask someone to do this for you or call a friend or relative to come do this). Eye witness testimony and photographs of the accident scene at the time of the collision are key pieces of evidence in a hit and run accident case.
After completing a police report and obtaining medical treatment, contact an experienced Harrisburg personal injury attorney. Even if the other driver is never identified, you may still be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries under your automobile insurance policy. However, do not be fooled into thinking that you do not need an attorney simply because you are dealing with your own insurance company. All insurance companies are the same - they will do everything within their power to lower the amount they must pay to settle your claim.
Call Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP
Contact an injury attorney at Handler Henning & Rosenberg to discuss your hit and run accident for a free consultation. We will work with the police to identify the hit and run driver, if possible. If the hit and run driver is never identified, we will work aggressively on your behalf to get you the compensation and benefits you are entitled to receive from your insurance company under your automobile insurance policy. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you will not owe any attorney fees. You have only to gain by contacting our office, schedule your free consultation today to discuss your legal rights to compensation.