Hit-and-run accidents are not only extremely frustrating, they are extremely confusing. After all, the person who is at fault may not be identified, while the accident's victim is left to handle the other aspects of their case. This may include seeking medical attention and initiating the claims process.
By definition, a hit-and-run accident is one where an individual fleas the scene of an accident without providing their contact information or stopping to help an injured party of the accident. These can occur even If the vehicle's driver was not at fault. That said, the most common scenario is when a driver hits another vehicle or pedestrian, often a parked vehicle or pedestrian at night, and then leaves the accident.
There are critical steps one can take if involved in a hit-and-run accident that can help a frustrated victim recover their losses. First and foremost, you must contact the police and report the accident. Many jurisdictions make it a legal responsibility to notify the police when an accident occurs, but more importantly, you will want the police report when later filing your claims.
Though you may be shy to seek medical attention, you should not refuse it at any time. Many car accident injuries may not be self-evident, and showing a clear link between the accident and any injuries may be necessary in order to recover medical expenses.
If you are able to, it is important to gather as much information about the accident as possible. This includes writing down a detailed description of the vehicle, if possible, as well as its license plate and other key features that you can remember. These features can include bumper stickers, telltale damage or color.
Be sure to take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to your vehicle. It is important to gather many images from a variety of angles. This will serve as better reference for you and your accident attorney during the claims process.
Hit-and-run accidents are notoriously difficult on the injured party. They are left to deal with the claims process and their insurance company whilst trying to heal from their injuries and return to their daily lives. That is why it is vital to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Not only will they work hard to ensure you get maximal returns for your claim, they will serve as a protective barrier from the stresses and pains of the claims process.