Being the victim of a hit-and-run accident is traumatic and for the family members, it can be life-altering to handle affairs after an accident like this. A person who has been hit by a car could suffer from pain, anger, anxiety, and depression. In some cases, the crash could even be fatal. The following describes what a hit-and-run victim and their family should do in the aftermath of the event.
At the Scene
If the injuries are not severe, the victim should get details of the event from all witnesses and drivers. A full statement should be given to the investigating police officers. Even if the person does not seem to be hurt, a visit to a local walk-in clinic or hospital is advised to ensure everything is documented by medical personnel.
A person can feel very isolated and angry after a hit-and-run accident. Even when the body is recovering well, mental anguish may still occur. Many people who have gone through the experience suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of PTSD can manifest as:
- Re-experiencing the event over and over
- Avoiding family, friends, work, and responsibilities
- Feeling emotionally numb and unable to connect with others
- Developing long-term depression over the event, especially if it resulted in disability.
- Anxiety and fear even during normal activities and safe situations
- Chronic, crippling headaches that do not respond to medication
If a person finds themselves suffering from any of the above symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately. Joining a support group or seeing a counselor that specializes in the needs of accident victims can be helpful for recovery.
Medical insurance will cover most, if not all, the costs associated with a hit-and-run accident. Filing a claim quickly will pay the doctors, hospitals, and counselors that are needed in the aftermath and keep the stress of big bills away.
Once the physical and emotional recovery are under way, it is time to seek the services of an attorney. Being in accident can take a toll on normal life, leaving a person unable to work or enjoy the activities they once did. It is possible the victim may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and lost income.
A hit-and-run accident is a jarring event that can be life-changing. By following the steps above, the victim can start the process of putting their life back together.
Author Information: Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check her out on Twitter at @eileenoshanassy.