Most people dread getting into a car accident because of the time it will take for them to deal with the situation, the costs of repairing their car or paying for medical bills, and the injuries that may occur as a result of the accident. However, being the victim of a hit-and-run accident is even more upsetting, because it may feel like you are now completely helpless in dealing with a problem. However, despite this seemingly unsolvable solution, there are steps to take if you are in a hit-and-run to recover for any damages.
Check for injuries. Make sure that you and your passengers are not injured. Even bystanders can be the victims of hit-and-run car accidents, so make sure that you look out for the well-being of everyone involved in the accident. Call 911 if it appears emergency medical services are needed. Some physical injuries take time to manifest, so look out for soft tissue injuries in the days to go. To make sure you are not overlooking a problem because of stress, go to your doctor and request a physical exam by explaining you have just been in a car accident.
Examine your surroundings. If you think you are not severely injured, make sure to look around after the accident and gather any details regarding the scene of the crime. Record any details about the vehicle that hit you, including make, model, color, and license plate if you are lucky enough. Note the time of the accident as it can help you obtain security footage or camera documentation of the accident. Make sure to write down the intersection or landmarks where the accident occurred. If there are any witnesses to the accident, request that they give you their contact information so they can be contacted if needed.
File a police report. You might not think that the hit-and-run is very severe, maybe because you do not see damage done to your vehicle and nobody was injured. However, calling the police is an essential step to take in the event that you wish to claim damages later on. Your insurance company will require you to have filled out this official documentation, and in the event that physical injuries do show up later you will need proof that the accident really occurred. Report everything that you know and remember, and request a copy of the report for your own records. This will help you in the claims process and you can give it to your attorney if they find the perpetrator.
Contact a car accident attorney. Filing a claim is important to receiving the right compensation. Hit-and-run accidents can be difficult to recover from in comparison to a regular car accident because all the information is not available. Our attorneys at the Kyle Law Firm have experience dealing with hit-and-run accidents and can help you get the best recovery settlement from insurance and any offending parties. Call us today so we can help you avoid the self-serving actions of insurance companies and opposing attorneys.