It’s a terrifying moment when you’re in a car crash, and the panic you feel may be compounded if the other driver leaves the scene. This is known as a hit-and-run accident when a person leaves the scene without identifying himself or giving aid to an injured party. It’s important after any accident to call the police and seek medical help. However, after this type of accident, there are other important steps to take that can help you find the driver who fled the scene and maximize your chances of fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run
It’s likely after the accident that you’ll feel emotionally charged and upset, and it may be nearly impossible to focus on important steps that will help protect a personal injury claim. However, if the driver leaves the scene and you’re able safely get out of the car and think clearly, try to proceed with the following checklist in mind:
- Gather evidence. Be sure to get the contact information for all parties involved in the crash, as well as for any witnesses. Takes photos of the car, the area, and the accident scene. Check for cameras in the area that may have videos of the accident.
- Note details about the other vehicle. If you’re able, write down all the information about the car that fled the scene. This can include the license plate number if you were lucky enough to see it; the model and color of the vehicle; and any distinctive features such as bumper stickers or specialty hubcaps.
- Note the direction of the other car. If you can remember, mentally note the direction the driver took as he left the scene. Knowing which streets the offender might have taken could help police follow his path.
- File a police report. Be sure to file a complete report with the police about the incident, providing every detail you have about what happened.
After a hit-and-run car accident, you can benefit from having a personal injury attorney who will talk to your insurance company and any insurance adjusters. You may have uninsured motorist car insurance—coverage that could help pay for some or all of your losses if the other driver isn’t found. However, that also means your insurance company may be resistant to provide this necessary compensation. The agency’s goal is to minimize the claim you file. Having a personal injury attorney working on your behalf helps ensure that you get a fair recovery. Your attorney can aid in:
- Gathering all data to support your claim
- Communicating with the insurance company and adjusters
- Fighting any attempt by the insurance company to reduce your claim
- Going to court if the insurance company fails to compensate you
Work With Our Legal Team for Your Hit-and-Run Accident
When you contact Lattof & Lattof, PC, you’ll gain insight into the legal obligations your insurance company has in honoring your claim for losses in an uninsured motorist claim. Schedule a free consultation to start working on your case.