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When the unthinkable happens: What to do after a hit-and-run

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2024 | Personal Injury Law |

Imagine this scenario: You are driving home from work, looking forward to seeing your children at home, when suddenly, another car slams into yours and speeds away. This situation can leave you shaken, confused about what just happened and, possibly, severely injured. Unfortunately, this scenario is not a rare occurrence in the United States, where thousands of hit-and-runs occur every year.

If you are a parent or a primary income earner in your family, finding yourself in a hit-and-run accident can be an overwhelming experience, both emotionally and financially. That is why knowing what to do in the aftermath of such a stressful situation is crucial.

Stay safe and seek help

Immediately after the accident, it is essential to prioritize your safety above all else. Move to a safe location, away from traffic and call 911 immediately. Do not try to chase after the fleeing driver or attempt to confront them. Instead, stay calm and focus on getting the medical attention you need. Remember, even if you feel fine, it is essential to seek medical attention to rule out any hidden injuries.

Document the scene and damages

If you can, take a moment to capture the accident scene through photos and videos as you wait for the police to arrive. This crucial evidence will support your claim and aid in identifying the driver who fled. If you were able to catch a glimpse of their vehicle, try to note the license plate number. If not, do your best to describe the car’s make, model and any distinctive features to law enforcement.

Call your insurance company

It is also crucial to reach out to your insurance company as soon as possible. Notifying them about the critical details of the accident, including the fact that it was a hit-and-run, will push them to initiate the claims process and provide you with guidance on what to expect next. Furthermore, be sure to share the police report and any other relevant documentation you have with them.

Experiencing a hit-and-run on the road can be a traumatic experience. However, by taking the right steps and seeking legal guidance, you can secure the compensation you deserve and start rebuilding your life.