My Neighbor Was Hit While Walking Home From Work. The Driver Fled the Scene. What Now?
Dave Kuharchik: Welcome back, it is time for the Law & You, with us our award-winning attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli. Guys as always we appreciate you being here.
Ed Ciarimboli: Are we gonna get good weather this week?
Dave: You know things are improving for the weekend and this week for the most part we’re gonna be in pretty good shape, but not everyone is in good shape. We have a legal question, we have to resolve today and this one is from Marge in Plains. Marge says, “My neighbor was walking home from work late last week and was hit. The driver left the scene. He is still in the hospital. What should he do?” So a sound like an accident here, Marge is not sure where to turn what can she do?
Ed: Yeah, boy, we’ve had a rash of these lately again. We’ve handled, I don’t even know how many hit-and-run cases over the years. One of the things that you should immediately see if you have uninsured motorist coverage on your own insurance policy because if you do in a situation like this involving a fathom vehicle, you’re going to be able to make a claim for coverage under that particular portion of your policy. Obviously, notify the insurance company that it was a hit-and-run that you don’t know who hit you, that they left the scene and then additionally you let the police investigation play out to see if they can generate some leads on this. We have a lot of these.
Greg Fellerman: We have a ton of these. And with spring people walking around, people need to pay attention to pedestrians, bikes. They’re all back out on the road so if you’re driving, obviously put your phone’s down and pay attention but in this situation, you do have to notify the police. You have to notify the insurance company and then if the police are successful in finding the guy, and that does happen. We’ve had that happen quite a bit then you can also sue the gentlemen or lady that hit you. You can go forward with that cause of action and then there’s other but again this type, you’re in the hospital, you need to reach out. Get an attorney on board and that can help you navigate those waters.
Dave: And it’s almost that no matter if you’re walking, you’re out there on a bicycle, you’re driving. You gonna be defensive, keep your eyes open for everyone.
Ed: No question about it, you gonna be. You gonna be. Keep yourself protected.
Greg: No it’s important. Pedestrians, bikers, you really need to pay attention cause I jog a lot and I see drivers with their heads down. Their literally down and its like ‘what are you doing?’
Dave: Any chance he gets to brag about how in great shape he is. I never shy about throwing the plug out there on the Law & You anyway. For viewers who want to contact you for legal reasons, not your jogging routine Greg, how can they do that?
Greg: Well, you can see me running around Harvey’s Lake. You can call me at the office at 570-714-HURT or see me on the web at 714hurt.com.
Ed: So he gets bench press awards, now he’s a marathon runner, this guy does it all.
Greg: Only a couple miles.
Ed: Or go to our Facebook page if you have a question put it on our page, we’ll do our best to answer it in an upcoming segment.
Dave: I like how he sorta flexed over there giving the number, he knows what he is doing. Results matter, attorneys Greg Fellerman and Ed Ciarimboli, guys thanks we’ll see you next time.
Ed: See you tomorrow.
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