What Should I Do If I Am Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
It is a common misconception that the victim of a hit-and-run accident is unable to receive compensation because the at fault party cannot be properly identified. However, within the province of Alberta, you may still be entitled to receive compensation you are unable to identify the offending driver.
The Government of Canada, through the Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund, can provide you with compensation of up to $200,000.000 for personal injuries and damages suffered in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by an unidentified driver. Here is a list of steps to take in the event that you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist who has been involved in a hit-and-run accident:
- Document a detailed description of the motorist at fault, their vehicle and the scene of the accident. These details can be used by authorities to help identify the hit-and-run motorist. Try your best to document these details as soon as possible.
- Report the accident to the proper authorities and file an official police report. Filing a police report will ensure that there is documentation of your accident that can be used as evidence to help advance your personal injury claim.
- Seek medical attention after the accident. Whether you visit your family doctor or the emergency room, it is important that all of your personal injuries are documented by a medical professional, no matter how minor you may think they are. In addition, it is imperative that you follow the treatment recommendations made by your medical professionals and treatment providers. Medical records and treatment records can be used as evidence to help advance your personal injury claim.
- Contact a lawyer at Law Fifty-One to receive a free consultation. At Law Fifty-One, our lawyers are specialized in personal injury claims and will be able to provide you with the proper guidance to receive favorable compensation for the personal injuries and damages that you have sustained.