What Should I Do in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
Being involved in any type of accident is stressful but being in a hit-and-run accident can be extremely frustrating and even more stressful. Knowing what to do after an accident can be confusing and knowing what to do after a hit-and-run accident can also be confusing because now the person responsible has fled the scene; leaving you alone to deal with the situation. Since most accidents are different and vary case by case, giving specific advice is difficult but below are a few things that may help you if you are ever faced with this type of situation. *This applies to all kinds of hit-and-run accidents: bicycle, vehicle, and unattended vehicles.
Record the Scene
Try to get as much information about the accident as you can. Though it might not be possible, attempt to provide a description on the vehicle that hit you (make, model, and color and if you can, the license plate number) and give this to your insurance company when it is time to file a claim. Giving this information to the police will also be beneficial with apprehending the individual who is responsible. Try to recall all the information you can about how the accident occurred. The location and the time of the accident is also important to note.
Witnesses are usually what helps these types of accidents be resolved. Since you might be injured or disoriented after the accident, witnesses to the accident might be able to help you record the scene. In addition, if the witness provides any information to the “We Tip” Hotline which is relayed to the Hit-and-Run Reward Program, they might also be able to be rewarded if the information is helpful to the arrest of the person responsible. Be sure to get the witnesses contact information for your records.
Don’t Chase the Hit-and-Run Driver
You might be tempted to chase the driver who hit you, but this is very dangerous. You don’t know what the driver may be thinking and if they fled the scene they might try to do other maneuvers to get away from the accident. After you have been struck by a hit-and-run driver, it is in your best interest to stay at the scene and stay in control. Record what you can and contact the police to begin the investigation.
Call the Police
As mentioned, you should contact the police right away after the accident. You will need to file an accident report to officially record the scene. This might seem like a waste when you don’t have much information but every bit of information could be helpful for your auto claims and personal injury claims later.
In these types of accidents, that sometimes happen at malls or large parking lots, it is best to record the basic information (date, time, place, and damage) and contact the police. That is about all you can do but hopefully they will be able to arrest the person responsible.
Christensen & Hymas takes hit-and-run accidents very seriously and if you have been involved in this type of accident, you should schedule a free confidential consultation to get the help that you need. Call (801) 506-0800 to have our competent and experienced lawyers help you get the compensation that you deserve.
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