Automobile accidents can be some of the most traumatic events of our lives. Whether you are the one involved in the accident, or someone you love was involved in an accident, it’s natural to want to understand how it happened. It brings us a certain amount of emotional satisfaction to have that resolution. However, when someone causes an accident and then speeds away, we may never get that “why” question answered.
If you or a loved one are victims of a hit and run auto accident, there are some steps that you can take to protect yourself and your future, and possibly even get an answer as to why the accident happened.
- Get as much information about the car that hit you as possible. This starts with being an observant driver. Pay attention to the vehicles that are around you. If someone hits you, try to identify:
- Vehicle make and model
- Vehicle color
- License plate number
- Driver gender and appearance
- Get witness information. Try to identify any person that may have seen the accident happen. If possible, get their names and contact information, along with an outline of what they saw. They may have been able to get a better look at the car and driver that hit you.
- Take pictures or video. Witnesses may be able to help with this, especially if you are seriously injured. Use your cell phone to take pictures and video of:
- the accident scene
- your vehicle
- close-ups of the damage to your vehicle, including paint transfer (this can help you prove to your insurance company that another car was involved and you are not trying to defraud them.)
- the surrounding area, including traffic signs and road conditions
- Don’t attempt to follow the driver that hit you. If there is only mild damage to your vehicle and no injuries, you may be tempted to speed after the driver that hit you. Little good can come of that, and it may expose you to more danger. You have no idea who this driver is and what state of mind they are in.
- File a police report. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, call 911. A crime has been committed and you may need medical attention. Tell the police what you know and let them handle the follow-up. You should obtain a copy of the police report for your insurance company and attorney.
- File a hit and run claim. If you were able to collect enough information about the car and driver that hit you, you may be able to file a claim with their insurance company. If not, you can file a claim with your own insurance company.
- Contact a personal injury attorney. Regardless of what information you were able to get from the accident, it never hurts to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to find out what your rights are.
Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC is ready to fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation by scheduling online or calling 800-991-0474 to get started.