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I Was Injured in a Hit and Run: What Should I Do?

Steve Wagner

South Bend Hit and Run Incident Killed Pedestrian

According to Mishawaka Police, a 54-year-old man was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle while walking south on Michigan Street, near Bowman in South Bend. The County Fatal Crash Team responded to the evening incident and determined the pedestrian was walking between the curb and the bike lane line when he was struck from behind. Police are trying to get a complete description of the car that struck the man and investigators continue to gather evidence. Leaving the scene of a hit and run accident, especially when there is an injury or death involved is an illegal, terrible, cowardly act.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this victim and we hope the driver involved in the crash will be found. If you know anything about the hit and run crash in South Bend, contact your local police department immediately.

Hit and Run Accidents Are Tragically Too Common

A pedestrian is killed by a car every two hours, or seriously injured every nine minutes. If a driver causes an accident with a pedestrian, bicyclist, another car, or a fixed object and then leaves the scene without stopping to render aid, this is called a hit and run. Many of these drivers flee the scene leaving the victim or their families to deal with the medical, financial, and emotional ramifications of the crash.

For obvious reasons, intersections and walkways pose the most common injury risk to pedestrians and bicyclists involved in a hit and run. The cause of this type of crash is often due to drivers failing to make a full stop, driving while distracted, or driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. If the driver of a vehicle is identified, they are almost always liable in a hit and run crash.

What to Do If Injured in a Hit and Run

If you’re a pedestrian victim to a hit and run, your injuries may be severe. Allow others to help dial 911 for you if necessary. If your injuries are small, it’s better to stay focused on gathering as much information as you can, call the police and then file an accident report with all you have gathered using the outline below. More information will increase the chances that the police will catch the driver who hit you.

  1. Gather Information: First, do your best to recall as much information as you can about the car and driver that hit you, such as:
  • Model
  • Color
  • Make
  • License plate number
  • Any noticeable or unique bumper stickers, tires, or dents
  • Any type of description about the driver you can give will help
  1. Identify Witnesses: Next, look around for any persons who were at the scene and may have saw the accident occur and collect:
  • Names
  • Contact information
  • A brief statement of what they saw
  1. Gather Evidence: Take the following steps before leaving the scene:
  • Write down the time and location of the accident
  • Take pictures or video of the accident scene
  • Take pictures or video of your injuries
  1. Seek Medical and Legal Help: To identify any injuries and begin the diagnosis, treatment and the full recovery process after being involving in an accident:
  • Visit an ER or make an urgent visit to your family doctor for medical review
  • Contact legal help as soon as possible

At Wagner Reese, we work with victims and the families of victims to hold drivers accountable for hit and run accidents.

Indiana Hit and Run Attorneys

Our experienced car accident attorneys have helped recover millions of dollars for clients injured in vehicle crashes, as well as for the families of those pedestrians who have lost their lives as the result of the wrongdoing of a driver. Whether you yourself were seriously injured in a hit and run wreck or a loved one was involved in a fatal accident, we can help.

Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation or speak with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information.

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