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What to do after a hit-and-run accident

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2022 | Personal Injury |

A hit-and-run accident occurs when one party flees the scene. You may be driving your vehicle or have parked it somewhere.

If you have ever been in an automobile accident, you understand the stress of the recovery process. However, if you experience a hit-and-run accident, you may not even know where to start. These are steps you should take after this type of accident.

Identify any injuries and get to a safe location

If you get hit, check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Call an ambulance if necessary. If you are still on the road and have the ability, see if you can pull off. Carefully watch oncoming traffic.

Gather information

Your first instinct may be to follow the driver that hit you. Instead, gather information, including the make and model of the vehicle and its license plate number. Describe the vehicle, including color, stickers or other distinguishing features.

Then, photograph the scene, your vehicle, and the other vehicle if you can. Write down the accident time, date and cause.

File a police report

Contact the police immediately. Fill out the police report completely. Then, ask for a copy of your report and any findings the police wrote down.

Check your insurance coverage

Contact your insurance provider and ask about your insurance coverage. For example, your insurance company may cover your damages if you have underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage. However, if you do not have these coverages, you may qualify for Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation compensation.

To get compensated for your accident, get legal help. Your legal team can help you calculate your needs and prepare your insurance claim as well as any recovery if the police find the hit-and-run driver.