Published on August 8, 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 feel 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 offender. The person at fault most likely fled the scene because they want to avoid the consequences. It could also be that the driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, doesn’t have a valid license, doesn’t have insurance, or has a warrant. There could be a vast amount of reasons behind why a driver may flee, but it is important not to pursue them; you never know who is behind the wheel. Some driver can be so panicked or intoxicated that they may become aggressive and/or pull out a weapon. Leaving the scene of accident is a crime, so don’t pursue the car. Note down 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 any passengers. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Some companies have a time limit cited in your insurance policy within which you have to inform them about the accident. If you are too injured to cope with the plethora of calls and meetings following the accident, have a friend or family member call or attend meetings on your behalf, or arrange to have any necessary in-person meetings at your treatment center.
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 process that follows a hit-and-run accident. Handling such a process on your own can be frustrating and confusing, so it’s important to have a knowledgeable legal team supporting you, so you don’t have to figure everything out on your own. Our network is there to lead you every step of the way, so you can focus on recovery and daily responsibilities, while our attorneys handle the tricky business.