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The first steps to take after a hit and run

The first steps to take after a hit and run

March 8, 2012

Being involved in an automobile accident can be devastating. But the traumatic effects are often compounded in a hit-and-run accident when no one is held accountable for the effects on a victim’s lifestyle, relationships, employment status and financial situation.

A driver is charged with a hit-and-run accident when he or she crashes their car into another vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian and then flees the scene without identifying themselves or rendering aid. In Hawaii, when an automobile accident takes place participants are required by law to exchange information including sharing his/her name, telephone number, address and insurance information. If a driver fails to stop and share this information they could be found liable and imprisoned or fined. Nationally, close to 11 percent – or roughly 700,000 – of all vehicle accidents are hit-and-run situations.

Recently, here in Hawaii on February 2, 2012 a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian near the University of Hawaii – Manoa, lower campus. Reports claim a 54-year-old woman and her daughter were crossing Old Waialae Road near the H1 freeway onramp when a speeding sedan hit the woman. She was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

We recommend contacting Leavitt Yamane & Soldner at (808) 537-2525 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights. Our company can provide services unique to your situation, ensuring that your rights are upheld, the compensation you receive is appropriate and that your path to recovery is as quick and easy as possible.
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run car accident you can help protect your rights by following these important tips:

  • Immediately take stock of any physical injuries you or your passengers/companions have suffered as a result of the accident.
  • Call 911 immediately and to the best of your ability, share with police and first responders, as much information and details you can recollect on the description of the vehicle(s) and driver(s).
  • Sometimes police take a while to get to the scene. If you can, immediately write down a detailed account of the incident with as much information as possible so you don’t forget important details (like the license plate).
  • Identify any witnesses and ensure that their contact information and statements are included in the police report.
  • If you are able to, take photos of the scene and document any injuries, damage or other evidence with photos.
  • Report the incident to your insurance company as soon as possible – in some cases there are time limitations to file a claim. By calling Leavitt Yamane & Soldner first thing, they will take the time to contact your insurance company.

Leavitt Yamane & Soldner is a Honolulu-based personal injury law firm with a highly skilled and experienced team of personal injury attorneys. Call us today for a free consultation for more information.

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