Published on April 18, 2016
We understand that hit-and-run accidents can be frustrating, but it is important to know what to do in such situations. You may get the urge to pursue a hit-and-run offender, but that is not recommended. Here is what you need to do.
Let Them Go
Never pursue a hit-and-run driver. The person at fault most likely fled the scene because they want to avoid the consequences. The other driver may have be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, not have a valid license or insurance, or may have warrants. There are plenty of reasons behind why a driver may flee, but it is important not to pursue them; you never know who is behind the wheel. Someone could panic or be intoxicated and may become aggressive and pull out a weapon. Leaving the scene of accident is a crime. Make note of the license plate number and call 911.
Evaluate the Damage
Check yourself and other passengers for signs of personal injury. Give the police as many details as you can about the incident and ask for a copy of the police report. Let any medical staff treat you and other passengers. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Some insurance companies have a time limit cited in their policy within which they must be informed about the accident. If you are not capable of coping with all the responsibilities, have a friend or family member call or attend on your behalf, or arrange to have any necessary in-person meetings at the hospital.
File a claim for damages to receive the compensation you deserve for any medical expenses caused by the accident, as well as damages to your vehicle. Receiving compensation in the case of hit-and-run incidents can be tricky.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, dial 1-800-Injured after 911 to receive any compensation you may be entitled to. We will get you in touch with aggressive attorneys who will help you get through the difficult recovery process of a hit-and-run accident.
Category: Car Accidents