A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver leaves the scene of an accident on purpose, and it could be a crash that occurs with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or even a parked car. These accidents can leave victims without any options for recovery, so it’s important you know what to do in case you fall victim to a hit-and-run driver.
Right After the Crash, Stay Alert
Harsh penalties follow for a person who leaves an accident scene, but some still leave—possibly because they fear other criminal charges, lack valid licenses, or were driving drunk. Whatever the cause, these accidents can be serious—so you should do the following to better your chances of catching the perpetrator:
- Record as much information as possible, even though you don’t know if and when someone will drive away. Right after any accident, try to mentally note the make and model of the car, its color, the driver’s appearance, and the license plate number. Write those down as soon as you can. Additionally, try to identify any unique markings, such as damage or bumper stickers. Finally, try to remember where the car came from, as well as in what direction the car drove away.
- Speak to witnesses who may have seen what happened. If you weren’t able to gather all the information you needed, it’s possible a witness can fill in the gaps. Don’t forget to ask for witnesses’ contact info in case police or your insurance company wants to contact them.
- Call the police as soon as you can to let them know what happened. They will ask for the information you recorded earlier and may be able to locate the offender.
- Seek medical attention if you sustained injury at all. Even if you think you feel OK, it’s important to get checked out—as some injuries may surface only days or weeks after a crash.
Your Insurance May Cover Your Losses
These tips may help your chances of locating the offending driver. However, there are no guarantees. Depending on what coverages you’ve purchased, your insurance may be able to cover costs for your injuries. Unfortunately, if the driver cannot be located—and if nothing on your policy covers hit-and-run or uninsured drivers—you may be personally responsible for medical bills and damage repair.
An Attorney Can Fight for You
If you’ve been hurt by a hit-and-run driver, you should seek legal counsel immediately. The team at Tavss Fletcher can consult with you and help you understand your options for recovery. Give us a toll-free phone call today to get started.