Hit and Run Car Accidents
Getting hurt in an auto accident can be a stressful experience. It is even more distressing when the driver who hit your car flees the scene leaving you worried how you will pay for your vehicle damage and medical bills. If you are hurt in a hit and run accident, it’s important you seek out the experience of an East Providence car accident lawyer like Attorney David Tapalian who can help you recover compensation. Unfortunately, hit and run crashes are common in East Providence particularly on Newport Avenue, Willett Avenue, and I-95. But just because the person who hit you doesn’t stop, doesn’t mean you are left with no options to recoup damages. The car accident attorneys at Tapalian Law are skilled at handling the difficulties that arise after a hit and run crash and will aggressively pursue measures to get you the compensation you deserve after your East Providence vehicle collision.Rhode Island Drivers Must Stop When Involved in an Accident
In Rhode Island, motorists have a duty to stop at the scene of an accident. When a person is struck or injured, the motorist is obligated to provide their contact information to the other driver, render aid as best as possible, and notify authorities. Although most drivers will stop to help when they are involved in a crash whether or not injuries are involved, there are a number of reasons an at-fault driver may flee the scene after a vehicle accident. The driver may not have auto insurance or have an expired or revoked drivers license. They may be negligent in operating an automobile under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or the vehicle may be stolen property. Some motorists are scared of criminal charges and flee the scene in a panic. Whatever the reason, it is against the law in Rhode Island to flee the scene after an accident. Attorney David Tapalian is a skilled East Providence car accident attorney who can help you after a hit and run accident in Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
- Rhode Island Law § 31-26-1. Duty to stop in accidents resulting in personal injury
- Rhode Island Law § 31-26-3. Duty to give information and render aid
After any type of auto accident, it’s important to file a police report regardless of how minor your injuries. Witnesses to the crash can be vital to your accident claim. Especially when the other driver flees the scene of a collision, interviewing witnesses is of utmost importance as they may be able to provide a physical description of the person who fled and/or the make, model, or color of the vehicle, even a license plate number. It is not uncommon for witnesses or bystanders to take cell phone footage of an accident scene. Cell phone or video footage, and photos can be beneficial in providing evidence for your injury claim. Your East Providence car accident attorney can likely use these as evidence in your case, as well as obtain police reports, interview witnesses, utilize accident reconstruction experts, and if available, obtain and view surveillance video from local businesses or homes near the hit and run crash scene. The police will pursue all methods of finding the driver to blame for the hit and run collision. If they are able to identify the person who caused your accident, you can seek compensation for any damages related to the accident, such as repairing damage to your vehicle, medical treatment, lost wages if the accident injuries caused you to miss time from work, and possibly pain and suffering. If, after exhausting all avenues to find the driver at fault without success, there are other options. Depending on the type of auto insurance you have, you may be able to pursue damages through your own insurance policy. With over 20 years of helping injured people in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Attorney David Tapalian is skilled at aggressively pursuing all options to recover compensation after your hit and run car accident. If you are hurt in a hit and run accident in East Providence, call Tapalian Law at 401-552-5000 or contact us online, to set up a free evaluation of your auto accident claim.