Nearly 1,000 pedestrians are killed each year in hit-and-run accidents, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Board. Many more are injured. In Kentucky in 2012, there were 236 Hit and Run accidents reported. Those hit and runs resulted in 304 Injuries. Fifty hit and runs involved pedestrians and six involved bicyclists.
It can happen in an instant. One moment you are standing at the crosswalk, riding your bike down the street or stopped in your car at a traffic light. The next thing you know you are on the ground or your car is being flipped around. A hit-and-run injury case is made that much worse because there’s no other party at the accident scene, no one to take responsibility.
How an attorney can help with your injury case
An attorney skilled in hit-and-run injury cases can help you get the compensation you deserve, not only for your medical expenses, but also for your emotional anguish and your time off of work.
A good personal injury lawyer will:
- Co-ordinate with law enforcement, so that you’ll know when the person responsible for your injury is found.
- Work with the guilty party’s insurance company to reach an equitable settlement for you and your family, even if that means taking the party to court.
- Know the right people to talk to and work with to get your case settled fairly, as quickly as possible
- Communicate with you regularly, so you don’t have to worry about your case while you’re healing.
- Never stop working for your fair and equitable settlement.
If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you need to devote your full energies to getting well, back on your feet and back to work. The physical, emotional and financial effects of a hit-and-run accident can be overwhelming. You don’t need to add learning about personal injury law to your list of things to do. There’s also research that indicates that persons injured in an accident recover more quickly when they are represented by an attorney.
Although we can’t guarantee it, in a large number of cases, people injured in an accident get more money for their injuries when they are represented by a lawyer. Although people may think that they’ll save by not having to pay attorney fees, a skilled and experienced lawyer can often get you a settlement that provides more funds for you and your family, even after the attorney fees are paid.
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident in the greater Louisville area, you need an attorney to represent your rights and your interests. The settlement offered to you by the insurance company may seem fair, but remember, the insurance company is working for the person who hit you. To learn how the attorneys at Meinhart, Smith and Manning can help protect your rights and help you to move on from this painful chapter in your life, call 502 589-2700 or click here to set up a free consultation.