What to do if You Have Been Involved in a Hit and Run
A hit and run is a serious crime, often leaving victims with major injuries, medical bills, and other related damages. That’s why it’s important to know what to do if you’re ever involved in a hit and run accident. Here are all the steps you should take to ensure that the culprit is apprehended, and you get the justice and compensation that you deserve.
Notify the Authorities
If you or someone else is injured, it’s important to call 911. If there’s no immediate emergency, then you should contact your local police department to report the incident. It’s extremely important that you report the incident as soon as possible so that the police can start looking for the suspect right away. If you don’t report it within the first 24-hours, your insurance company may consider the accident as your fault, impacting your insurance premiums.
Write down as many details about the hit and run as you can remember. This includes the type of vehicle and the license plate number that was involved, the direction of the vehicle, the description of the driver, the exact location, what you were doing, and the parties involved. If there were witnesses, ask them to stay and speak to the police or at the very least, collect their contact information. Take any pictures that you can of the accident, as well as any damage sustained.
Contact A Lawyer
Call a personal injury lawyer right away. They can help guide you on what to do next, especially regarding your insurer. An attorney will have experience dealing with the police, insurance agencies, and hit and run perpetrators. Having the right legal representation on your side can mean the difference between a successful claim and having to pay out of your own pocket.
Call Your Insurer
Your lawyer will guide you on what to say and how to report the accident to your insurer. The insurer may request the police report, medical records, and any evidence you have collected. This will help determine the level of damages and whether or not your insurance policy covers it, so it’s important to have these ready.
If you are someone you know has been recently involved in a hit and run, contact us at Zuber & Brioux Personal Injury Lawyers. We can assist you in filing a claim and getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries, damages, and loss of income.