East Poplar Street; a red pickup, a Tacoma maybe, that’s all you know. You didn’t see the driver; it happened too fast. It was around 4 in the afternoon, and the sky was darkening with a thunderstorm rolling in. You stepped into the street, a plastic bag full of groceries from Baesler’s in each hand.
That’s it; that is all you remember. Then you woke up here in the hospital, with tubes running into your nose and a dull pain across your body.
What do you do if you suffered a hit and run? How are you going to pay those bills that are racking up every second you stay in the hospital? How are you going to go to work with that leg that you can’t even feel?
The driver should have stopped, they should have had insurance to cover you, they should have reported it, but they didn’t. Hopefully, a camera caught them, or some eyewitnesses noted down their plate but hit and run drivers often escape. They’ve committed a criminal offense by not stopping, but that does not help you if you cannot trace them.
There are two people–aside from the police–that you should contact if you suffered a hit and run: your insurance company and an attorney.
Contact your insurance company and file a report. They should give you compensation and cover your costs, but they are not going to provide you with more than they have to—it’s how they work.
Call a Terre Haute attorney. They will fight with your insurance company to get you the compensation you need to carry on with your life and pay those bills.