The United States has a much higher rate of hit and run crashes than any other developed country in the world. Seem crazy? We thought so, too. But this statistic is further proof that a hit and run accident can happen to anyone, at any moment.
For the most part, an accident results in two or more drivers involved coming to a stop, communicating, and exchanging information with each other. An accident is called an accident for a reason: it was unintentional. And for most of us, we’re understanding of that, yet we still need to go through a process to ensure everyone is safe.
In a hit and run accident, however, the process changes. The person who hit you has taken off, and while you might be left alone to ponder why they did so, you’re not left alone with regard to the law.
Here’s what you should do to ensure you’re protected legally if in a hit and run accident:
Contact the Authorities
Calling the authorities will help to solidify your story that a hit and run accident occurred. Police can come to the scene, check on you, and report the hit and run. And if you were able to get a view of the make and model of the car—or, even better, the license plate number—you’ve helped your chances of finding the person who took off.
Take pictures, videos, or simply write down what happened. Between the police, insurance representatives, and lawyers, you will be asked the story many times. Having documentation allows you to recall every detail and prevents your story from getting inconsistent—a mechanism opposing insurance companies and attorneys will try to use against you.
Also, don’t be hesitant to record anything witnesses say. If someone who saw the wreck is willing to stop and see if you’re okay, they’re most likely willing to describe what they saw.
Seek Medical Attention
Whether or not you believe you’re hurt doesn’t matter. Seeking medical attention ensures that unknown injuries—or ones that can form in the future due to the accident—are documented.
Without documentation of any injuries, future troubles cannot be linked back to your accident.
Healthcare expenses can also be recovered if you seek medical attention after a hit and run accident. With the help of the authorities, if the person who leaves the scene is caught, not only will they be facing jail time, but they could be obligated to pay for your incurred medical debts.
File a Claim with Your Insurance Company
Although you have no one to exchange information with after a hit and run accident, you should still contact your representative to help you receive compensation in the following areas:
- Collision coverage
- Personal injury protection
- Uninsured motorist coverage (if you have it)
- Medical payment coverage
Contact Your Hit and Run Accident Attorney
Being involved in a hit and run accident is something we hope you never have to experience. However, if you find yourself in a situation and are unsure of what to do, give us a call. Our experienced team of lawyers is ready to walk you through the process of what to do next. Call 800-247-2727 or fill out our contact form and someone will be in touch shortly.
Are you ready to pursue your case? Contact us today and set up an appointment to speak to an attorney. Call us at 1-800-24-7-CRASH or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.