Q What should I do if I am involved in an accident with a driver who flees the scene?
The moments after an accident can be painful, in more ways than one. You are physically injured, you sense that your wallet will soon be hurting, and the awkward conversation with the other driver can feel incredibly uncomfortable. If you are unsure about who was responsible for the accident, it feels as though you are entering a delicate tango with the other driver; if you know that the other driver is to blame, it takes all of your will to keep from going on the attack.
The other scenario, however, is worse—the scenario where the other driver simply drives away. Suddenly, the painful exchange of information looks a lot better.
What Should You Do if You’ve Been Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
A driver sideswipes you on a busy street and speeds away. You’re in shock, but there are four key things you must do in the moments following a hit-and-run accident:
- Gather as much information about the car as you can. Make, model, color, and approximate year can go a long way in helping police locate a vehicle. Most people don’t have time to catch the exact license plate number (if you can spot the state, that’s a great start), but any discerning information you can remember will narrow down the possibilities for law enforcement. Witnesses may be able to offer helpful information, so be sure to gather their contact information as well.
- Notify law enforcement of the accident and remain at the scene until an officer arrives. Be sure to move your car to the side of the road or into a parking lot to avoid traffic and the potential for another accident.
- Seek medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible, even if police have not located the other driver. Waiting too long to seek medical attention can hurt your auto injury case and prevent you from collecting the compensation you deserve.
- Notify your auto insurance company of the accident, even if you do not have any leads on the other driver. Your policy may include coverage for damage caused by hit-and-run accidents.
While hit-and-run accidents are much more complex than standard accidents, your rights are still the same. Learn more about the kinds of damages you can collect after a car accident here. You have a right to compensation for your injuries and your damages, and my law firm can help ensure that your rights are protected. To learn more, schedule your free consultation with me today, by phone or by filling out the contact form on this page.