What To Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident
After a hit-and-run accident, take action
The nation’s best personal injury lawyers explain what to do after a hit-and-run automobile crash
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), there are 682,000 hit-and-run accidents in the United States every year. The moments after a serious accident are the most frightening. The crash scene may be chaotic and you may feel confused, stressed, and seriously in pain. Additionally, these feelings will likely be amplified if you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident. However, taking a moment to learn how to proceed when the driver who hit you flees the scene of the collision can make a world of difference. Accordingly, our award-winning car and truck crash lawyers explain what to do and what not to do after a hit-and-run accident.
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What to do when the driver who hit you flees the scene of the accident
Do take these steps after a hit-and-run crash
After an accident where the driver flees the scene, do these things:
Get the license plate number of the fleeing car or truck, if you can. Take a photo on your phone if you can safely do so. At the very least, make a mental note about the vehicle’s make, model, color, and any other identifying features (dents, uneven paint, bumper stickers, etc.). If you have a chance to see the driver, try and jot down a description his or her appearance, including clothing.
Call 9-11 and report the accident and any apparent injuries.
Obtain identifying and contact information for all accident witnesses.
Take photographs of the crash scene, including the intersection as well as any damage to vehicles or visible injuries. When in doubt, take more photos. You never know what may be a clue for finding the driver or the key to winning your accident case.
Remain on the scene onto the police and ambulance arrive.
Seek medical treatment, even if you don’t think you were injured. Often times, the adrenaline your body pumps into your system after a catastrophic accident masks the pain associated with serious injuries. Don’t take any chance. Let a medical professional determine if you are hurt.
File a police report, and make sure to write down the name, badge number, and police report number to give to your lawyer later.
Report a claim to your insurance agency.
Save all medical records, reports, and receipts. Also, if your injuries from the crash force you to miss work, save those documents and correspondences as well.
Retain an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you investigate your case and get the compensation you deserve. To speak to a leading attorney from Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, call, text, message, or email us right away.
Don’t do these things after a hit-and-run
After a hit-and-run crash, avoid these pitfalls:
Follow the fleeing driver. This could put you in danger. Additionally, you will lose the opportunity to gather valuable information from the scene of the accident.
Wait to call the police.
Leave the scene of the crash before the police and ambulance arrive.
Avoid going to the hospital. You may be injured and not yet realize it.
Rely on someone else to file an insurance claim. It’s important to file your own with your insurance company right away.
Delay finding an experienced accident lawyer to represent you. There are time limits for filing a claim in court to get the compensation you’re entitled to.
Maximize your compensation after a hit-and-run accident
If you suffered a hit-and-run accident, a leading personal injury lawyer is on stand-by to discuss your case and how we can win big for you. Maximize your award and get justice for your injuries. Schedule your free consultation with a Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys car crash lawyer today.
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