Being involved in an auto accident can be traumatic, frustrating and confusing. When the other party involved in the accident leaves the scene without exchanging information or even offering to help, it is commonly referred to as a “hit-and-run.”
Leaving the scene of an accident is not only illegal; it also makes the entire experience even more complicated, especially if you suffered injuries in the accident. The last thing that anyone wants to deal with is a hit-and-run while experiencing pain and suffering. Just like accidents happen, so do hit-and-runs.
Remember these important tips if you have a hit-and-run
Being proactive and knowing what to do if involved in a hit-and-run can help you have clarity in an unclear situation. Here are some “do’s” to remember:
- 911: First and foremost, call 911 if anyone is injured.
- Information: Get as much information as possible on the other car and its driver. If you can, snap a picture of their license plate, note its make and model and any visible damage the other vehicle has.
- Insurance: Call your insurance company as soon as you are able to.
- Police report: It is important to get an official police report to help you make an accident claim.
- Witnesses: If you can, ask witnesses if they can supply any additional information about the other driver and their vehicle. If they can provide the police with a statement, that’s even better.
All of the above may not be possible when you suffer serious injuries in the accident. The top priority is your health and safety, as well as that of your vehicle’s passengers.
If you have had the unfortunate experience of being in an auto accident with another driver who decides to flee the scene, now is a good time to consider your options and rights.