You likely know what procedures to follow after a car accident. Pull over safely, call the police, and take down the other driver’s information. But, you may be shocked when the driver who hit you speeds off down the road instead of stopping. Car accidents are traumatic, but a hit-and-run makes an accident incredibly stressful. Who will pay for the damage? What happens if you need medical treatment? Are you going to be held responsible for all of these costs? Here are some tips for what to do following a hit and run accident.
Remember the Details of the Accident
Runaway drivers will try to make for a quick getaway. So try to take a mental or written note of identifiable information, such as the make and model of the car, color, license plate, and anything else that is distinguishing. You’ll also want to remember which direction the motorist went. These factors can help the police track down the perpetrator and ensure they will receive appropriate punishment for their crime.
You should call 911 and request police and emergency services as soon as possible. A hit-and-run is a crime, and a police report will be needed for your insurance claim. Police reports provide evidence and help prove that you were not at fault. However, it is essential only to speak facts. Do not admit any fault in the accident, as you may inadvertently harm your case. You must also assess your injuries in case you need emergency medical attention.
Look for Possible Witnesses
Depending on when and where the crash occurred, you may be able to rely on witnesses who saw what happened. Firsthand accounts are valuable assets both for police and personal injury attorneys. Eyewitnesses can back up your story and remember identifying details when you cannot process everything soon after it’s happened. A traumatic event can make your short-term memory a bit hazy. A third party can be the best option to get the facts straight. When you find a witness, be sure to get their contact info so police and insurance can reach out if needed.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
While the police will handle the criminal prosecution of the person who hit you, they have no hand in helping you receive compensation for lost wages, damages, and injuries. Car accident attorneys specialize in helping accident victims obtain the monetary compensation they deserve for any physical and emotional suffering suffered after the accident. Meeting with a lawyer specializing in personal injury litigation can relieve some of the stress of accident victims. At the least, it can be beneficial to meet with an attorney to see if you have a case.
Contact The Snyder Law Group today for a free case evaluation.
Contact The Snyder Law Group Today
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