A hit and run accident, where a person who is involved in a car accident leaves the scene without stopping, can leave you seriously injured and can leave your vehicle destroyed.
If you are in a hit and run accident, you can suffer a wide range of injuries. These can be minor like bruises, cuts, scrapes and sprains, moderate like a fracture or concussion, or very serious like internal injuries and bleeding, severe burns, traumatic brain injuries and injuries to your spinal cord.
Your injuries can also depend on whether you were in a vehicle, on a bicycle or were a pedestrian. Even with minor injuries, it’s important to request medical attention after the accident. This is because you may not be able to immediately tell whether you have additional injuries.
If you can, it’s also useful to document any information you have about the other driver or witnesses to the accident.
Your injuries may make it difficult or impossible to work and you may have expensive medical bills to cover after the accident. These can include payments to the hospital where you were treated, costs for physical therapy, and prescription costs, for example.
In addition, depending on the severity of the accident, you may no longer have a car to drive. You may be able to collect damages from the other driver to pay for these items, as well as compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.