When you are involved in an accident, one of the first things that you do is exchange information with the other driver and wait for police to arrive. However, what happens if the other driver leaves the scene without doing that? What if you have no idea who the driver is? This is a hit and run accident and the other driver could suffer extreme legal consequences for their actions. In many jurisdictions, you are legally required to report an accident and exchange information.
Why it Happens
You may find it hard to believe that another driver could carelessly leave the scene of the accident without checking to make sure that everybody involved is unharmed. The truth is, many hit and run drivers will never be caught because the victim is left stunned and has no time to gather the make, model, year, or even color of the vehicle involved. Many drivers drive away from the scene of an accident because they are intoxicated, do not have insurance, are driving a stolen vehicle, are unlicensed, may have outstanding warrants, or is transporting stolen property. Sometimes, eyewitness identification can help you identify the driver but this is not always the case.
What to do
After you have been injured in a hit and run, it is in your best interest to preserve as much evidence as possible. However, you should also think about your health and have everything documented so you can make your claim. Here are some steps that you can take:
- Try to gather as many details about the car as possible.
- Take good photographs of the scene to accompany your version of events.
- Get medical attention and seek information from your physician in regards to any medical conditions you will suffer from due to the accident.
- Stick to the facts when dealing with insurance companies.
After a hit and run accident, you may feel scared or helpless. Talking to an attorney can help alleviate your fears. A personal injury can take a toll on your life and we understand how to help you in every aspect of your case. Call us today for more information.