The sun is shining and the heat is beating through your windscreen window as you accelerate down the open country road on your commute to work. In the distance a car is indicating right out of a side road, but because you have right of way you keep pace. The car starts edging out, and you lightly touch your breaks as an automatic reflex.
You’re approaching closer and closer and the car continues to creep out and you can see a young driver glancing down to a phone in one hand. You slam on your brakes, but not in enough time for the car to react in time: BANG.
The force of the collision throws you forward in your car, and your chest presses so hard against your seatbelt that you feel winded under the force. After what seems like minutes, you’re catapulted back into your seat, ears ringing. Fortunately you’re not majorly hurt, and through hazy eyes you can see the other driver checking themselves in the front seat.
A car in the distance starts to slow, but before you can open your door to assess the damage, the young driver clunks into first gear and starts driving off, crunching over the debris of the crash.
Did that just really happen? You’re shocked that he just left without stopping. Surely that’s illegal? Apart from not getting any of his information, he didn’t even stop to see if you were okay. And it was his fault!
As the shock starts to wear off, your arm and knee start aching and you can feel a migraine coming on. Some helpful passerby’s are telling you to sit down. You think they’ve called the police but you’re not sure. Did that boy really just drive off? Why is your head hurting so much? Wow there is quite a lot of blood considering you’re not majorly hurt – maybe you will sit down for a minute.
You stare off into the distance as you hear sirens approaching. You hear someone mutter about hit and runs being disgusting. Hit and run. You say it over and over in your head and you still can’t believe it. What happens now?
Being involved in a car accident is traumatic enough, without the adding stress of the other driver leaving the scene without giving you any of the legally required details. Despite being extremely upsetting and frustrating, it’s important to know that there is help out there.
Here at AYB Law, we specialise in hit and run compensation claims. To find out more information on our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 0800 0443 495 and we will be more than happy to help.