Springfield MO Car Accident Lawyer at Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave Discusses What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

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Springfield personal injury attorney Terry A. Tolbert of Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave says a driver who causes a hit-and-run accident is breaking the law as well as acting negligently by fleeing the scene.

It’s hard to believe, but many people just drive away from the scene of an accident. Most people could not even imagine doing such a thing.

Several recent hit-and-run accidents in Springfield serve as a reminder that drivers should be prepared to take proper steps to protect themselves if they are involved in a hit and run, said Springfield, MO car accident attorney Terry A. Tolbert, of Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave.

“It’s hard to believe, but many people just drive away from the scene of an accident,” said Tolbert, a personal injury lawyer in Springfield, MO. “Most people could not even imagine doing such a thing. It’s a crime, and if there is serious injury it may constitute a felony. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents happen too often in Missouri and around the country. Fortunately, victims of hit-and-run accidents have rights, and there are things they can do to make sure they are fairly compensated for their accident.”

One of the more recent Springfield, Missouri, hit-and-run accidents occurred on March 9, when a bicyclist was hit by a car near City Hall on Campbell Avenue, according to KY3.com News on March 9. The bicycle accident victim was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries to his face. The injuries were not life threatening.

Earlier in March, a Springfield School District driver’s education vehicle was rear-ended by an unidentified driver, who fled the scene of the March 1 hit-and-run accident, according to the State Journal-Register on March 3.

Tolbert said drivers who are involved in hit-and-run accidents should never try to track down the fleeing person on their own. “If you are able to do so, call 911 immediately. Give the authorities all the details you can about the driver and the vehicle, such as the make, model, color and even the plate number of the vehicle if you have that information,” he said. “The driver who fled may have been intoxicated or may be wanted by law enforcement, so don’t ever chase after the driver. You also should contact an attorney who can help protect your rights and help you deal with the insurance claim, which may be complicated. Even if the driver is found, he or she may not have enough insurance coverage to pay for your expenses. An attorney can help with your options.”

A 2003 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that hit-and-run accidents account for 18 percent of all pedestrian fatalities nationwide. Those figures are based on a study of pedestrian fatalities between 1998 and 2001. During those four years, 3,612 people to 4,003 people died each year in pedestrian accidents. According to the most recent statistics, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and 70,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents nationwide in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“There are so many different factors that need to be taken into consideration after a hit-and-run accident,” Tolbert said. “If you’ve never been in one before, you may not have a clue as to how to pursue a claim and how to protect yourself. That’s why we work so hard for hit and run accident victims. They didn’t cause the accident. Why should they pay for someone else’s mistake?”

About Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave
Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave is based in Springfield, MO and serves personal injury victims throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. In addition to auto accident lawsuits, Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, handles workers compensation, premises liability, dog bites, semi-truck accidents and other types of personal injury cases. Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave work on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay if they win. For more information about what to do after hit and run accident in Missouri and the options available to accident victims, call (800) 887-4030 or complete the online contact form. Tolbert Beadle & Musgrave is located at 3010 E. Battlefield St., Springfield, MO 65804.

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