The Driver who Caused the Accident Left the Scene—Now What?

Contributed By: Anna Betts

You have been in a car accident that you did not cause; and to make matters worse, the other driver did not even stick around?  You are left with a damaged car and injuries wondering how you are going to handle this.  After a hit and run collision, there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

Call the Police Immediately

If you are physically able, call the police immediately.  Give them your best description of the other vehicle and the driver.  If there are any distinguishing bumper stickers or if you remember any digits from their tag, be sure to report those while it is still fresh in your memory.  Even though the other driver is not at the scene, you will need to file a report to be able to press criminal charges if the other driver is found.  Also, you will need a police report in the event that you need to make a claim with your own insurance provider.

Get Medical Help

You also need to get prompt medical treatment if you are injured.  Do not wait or forego treatment over concerns that you are unsure of how you will pay the bills.  Early and appropriate medical treatment can aid healing and get you back to feeling better sooner.  Your health and wellbeing is more important than any other aspect after an accident.

Get Legal Help

As soon as you are able, talk to an experienced car wreck attorney about your situation.  An attorney can provide you with valuable experience and advice on how to handle this complicated situation.  A local attorney can also talk with your insurance company and give them the information they need to open a claim.  It may seem like it is unnecessary to hire an attorney to deal with your own insurance company.  After all, your insurance company is supposed to be on your side, right?  Although at first glance, it appears that your insurance will do everything to fight for you, keep in mind that an uninsured motorist claim is an adversarial claim.  This means that because your insurance company is now responsible to pay, they will view your claim like a third party insurance company would.  Almost all insurance companies have shareholders and making a profit is a huge priority.  You need someone who is completely on your side, fighting for you and what you need.

Even beyond an insurance claim, you may have other legal rights. An experienced attorney can work with the police and investigators to try to determine who the at-fault driver is, to press criminal charges, and to pursue a civil claim if necessary.

If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, call us today for help understanding your options legal rights so you can make an informed decision.  We offer free consultations and will be happy to see if there is anything we can do to assist you.

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