What to do if You Were Involved in a Hit and Run
Posted in Car Accident on September 30, 2022
If you are hit by a driver and the driver flees the scene, you may still have a chance to get compensation for your injuries. Here we will detail what you should do if you are involved in a hit and run accident.
If possible, before the driver flees the scene, take down any information you can manage about the vehicle, description, license plate, damage to the other vehicle, etc. You should also take pictures of the scene, the damages to your vehicle and the other vehicle if possible.
You may also try to gather statements and information from witnesses. This will make it easier to potentially locate the other driver and go after them for damages caused by the accident. You’ll also want as much information as possible so that you can file a claim with your insurance to get some form of compensation for your accident should the at-fault driver not be found.
Report the Accident
Even if the other driver flees the scene, you should still report the accident immediately to the police and to your insurance company.
The police will want any information that you may have been able to gather, but they may also have information themselves thanks to traffic cameras and other intelligence, meaning that even if the at-fault driver flees, they may still be able to be found and held accountable. Even if the driver is not found, you will need the accident report for your insurance claim.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t feel like you were injured in the accident, it is important to see a doctor and get checked on. Some injuries may show up days after the accident as well, so if you notice any strange symptoms, pains, or other issues, it may be worth going back to the doctor to get seen again.
Plus, if the at-fault driver is found, it may be possible to recover damages for medical bills and injuries suffered as a result of the hit and run accident, so having accurate records of your injuries will help bolster your case. Depending on the type of insurance coverage you have, you may be able to get some compensation for medical expenses from your own auto insurance.
Find a Personal Injury Attorney
After you’ve taken care of your injuries and reported the accident, the next thing to do is talk to a personal injury attorney and find out how you might be able to get compensation for the damages you suffered as a result of the accident. They can generally tell you what your case may be worth and help you begin the process once the driver is found.
They can typically also answer questions regarding the insurance process, what compensation your coverage should provide and how to go about the filing process to get some money rolling in after your accident.
When the at-fault party is found a personal injury attorney will be able to help you through the process of filing your case but also in dealing with the opposing insurance companies who will try to force you to take a settlement for much less than your case is truly worth. Never hesitate to ask for help after an accident and get legal experience on your side.