Hit and run accidents occur when a driver leaves or flees from the accident scene after causing or contributing to the accident. Most often, drivers who flee from the scene of the accident are either unlicensed, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or lackproper insurance coverage. Hit and run accidents can involve other vehicles, passengers, motorists, cyclist, and pedestrians.
If you are a victim of a hit and run accident,you are entitled to compensation for injuries and damages. However, the steps you take following the accident are crucial in proving your case.
Steps to take after a hit and run accident are:
Remain at the scene of the accident:
Do not flee from the accident scene, even for the reason of confronting the other driver. State laws require drivers involved in accidents to remain at the accident scene regardless of who caused the accident. A person who leaves the accident scene can face serious criminal penalties such as felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the circumstances. Staying at the accident scene will also enable you to gather the evidence needed to prove your case.
Contact emergency services
If anyone has been injured in a hit and run accident, call emergency services. Keep all medical records, including prescription costs and traveling expenses. This will serve as evidence in your claim.
Report the accident
Call the police and report the accident. Be sure to give as many details as possible about the accident. A police report is important for documenting the incident and proving damages in your accident claim.
Move from the road
Do not block traffic while waiting for the police. If your car is in a good condition, move it to the side of the road. If it is damaged, turn off the engine and turn on the hazard lights to warn other vehicles and move to a safe place.
Try to obtain the fleeing driver’s license plate number, if possible, and written statements from witnesses. Obtain the witnesses’ names, addresses, and contact information. Write down a description of the events.If you have a camera, take pictures of your injuries and any damages to the vehicle.
Contact a lawyer
Once you have obtained the information you need, contact a personal injury lawyer. He/She will evaluate your case and file a claim. A lawyer can help you to prove liability and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Contact your Insurance Company and the other driver’s insurance company (if applicable)
Contact the insurance company and share the information you have gathered, including the witness statements. The insurance company may also require a police report and photos. Discuss your insurance coverage and how you may be covered for this type of incident. Your lawyer can assist you to negotiate with the at fault driver’s insurance company.
Contact Auto Accident Lawyers at The Reinken Law Firm
If you or someone you know has been injured in a hit and run accident, contact The Reinken Law Firm. We will assist you to obtain compensation for your injuries.