6 Steps To Do After Being The Victim Of A Hit And Run

It can happen in a flash. Accidents always do. You are minding your own business and driving your vehicle in a safe manner when someone else makes a mistake and manages to damage your car. Usually, as long as everyone is OK and the damage is minimal, a police report can be called in and insurance information is exchanged between the drivers. But, what if, for whatever reason, the other driver takes off and leaves the scene? Here are six steps to take if you are involved in a hit and run accident.

1. Make sure everyone’s OK.

If you are driving alone, make sure that you aren’t injured. There is usually a moment of shock immediately following an accident. Once the realization of the crash sets in, make sure that you OK. If there are other people in your vehicle, check on them as well. Immediately call for emergency services if there are any injuries resulting from the accident. If possible, move your car out of the path of oncoming traffic. If the car is not driveable, remain inside if it’s safe and wait for help to arrive.

2. Get Vehicle Information.

Write down everything you can remember about the other vehicle. Getting the license plate number is especially helpful. If possible, take a picture of the plate. Also, take note of the year, make, model, and color of the other car. If you saw the driver, remember as many details about their appearance as possible. The more information you have, the better the chances are that the police will be able to find the other driver.

3. Call the police.

Call the police immediately. You will be able to give the dispatcher as much information about the other vehicle as you can remember. The police will be on the lookout for a car matching your description in the vicinity of the accident. You will also need a police report for your insurance company. Depending on how bad the damage is, the police officer will be able to assist you in finding a tow-truck, if needed.

4. Call your auto insurance company.

Contacting your insurance company will be your next step. You will have an accident report number to give them. They will also want to know all of the details about how the accident happened as well as everything you can tell them about the other vehicle. Your insurance company will advise you on how to get qualified estimates for the damage to your vehicle as well as supplying you with any information on where to get your car repaired. They will also advise you to seek medical attention to make sure that you weren’t injured. Most insurance companies will not charge you a deductible with these types of accidents since they will be seeking the other driver who will be responsible for all of the damages to your vehicle as well as any related medical bills.

5. Seek medical attention.

Even if you think you are fine, get yourself checked out by a doctor just to be on the safe side. Some injuries, especially neck and back injuries, may not be noticed for days or longer. If you are injured in an accident by a hit and run driver, you may be entitled to damages depending on the laws in your state. Also, any medical expenses resulting from a hit and run accident would be the responsibility of the negligent driver.

6. Contact an Attorney

Contact an attorney as soon as you are finished communicating with your insurance company. An attorney will also advise you to seek medical attention to make sure that you aren’t injured in any way as a result of the accident. An attorney will also protect your rights and represent you in all matters relating to the accident. Too often, the victims of these types of accidents do not have any competent legal counsel to represent them to make sure that their rights are protected.

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