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Jogger Injured in Hit and Run in Natrona Heights

A jogger was injured Sunday afternoon when he was struck by an unidentified vehicle in Natrona Heights. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle responsible for the jogger's injuries did not stop at the scene of the accident. After being struck by the vehicle the jogger was able to walk to a home where emergency personnel were summoned. The jogger is being treated at Allegheny Valley Hospital. The details of this hit and run are still developing because the victim's injuries have prevented the police from conducting a full investigation.

Hit and run accidents involving pedestrians are some of the most shocking accidents in the headlines. When a pedestrian is injured by a vehicle and the driver fails to stop and render assistance the injured pedestrian is left to fend for himself. Not only does the victim need to find immediate assistance to obtain the proper medical treatment he now has to worry about how the cost of the medical treatment will be covered. It is crucial to remember that a hit and run accident needs to be reported to the police as soon as possible. If the pedestrian's injures prevent him from remaining at the scene until the police arrive it is important to let the emergency personnel know the details of the accident and ask that the police come to the hospital to start the investigation without delay.

The victim of a hit and run will have to make a claim under his own automobile policy because the identity of the at fault driver is unknown. In Pennsylvania a claim for injuries sustained in a hit and run accident is considered an uninsured motorist claim. This is also the case if you are forced off the road by another driver who drives away from the scene of the accident. Uninsured (UM) and Underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage in Pennsylvania is an optional insurance product. Without UM/UIM coverage the victim of a hit and run will not be compensated for his injuries. The insurance company obviously will want to resolve the claim for as little money as possible, that is why it is critical to have the details of the accident investigated by the police. If you are an accident victim in a hit and run it is important to remember that if you make a claim against your insurance policy your rates will not go up since the accident was not caused by your fault.

If you find yourself the victim of a hit and run accident and need to make a UM/UIM claim you should contact an attorney to help you obtain the coverage you are entitled. If you are the victim of an accident caused by someone else you should not be left to cover the expenses out of your own pocket.

Source: KDKA, Jogger Hospitalized After Natrona Heights Accident

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