You’re driving alone when all of a sudden you hear that heart-stopping crunch of metal and the sound of shattering glass. You’ve just been in an auto accident. Your mind goes blank and you may be in shock, or worse, injured. You wondering what you should do next. You get out of your car to assess the damage and talk to the other driver. This is normally when you would exchange insurance information and contact the police. But in the case of a hit-and-run auto accident cases, the other driver may be nowhere in sight.
If you didn’t know what to do before now, you’re definitely left with your head spinning. Before you find yourself in this situation, read your hit-and-run 101 right here!
The first thing you should do when you’re involved in a hit-and-run (or any accident for that matter) is to observe and note as many details as possible. If you have a phone with camera capabilities, take pictures too. Most importantly you should try to get the license plate numbers of the driver’s vehicle who fled the scene. Note the make and model as well as the color of the vehicle. The more details the better.
You should also try to take photos of the area where the accident happened. Get the layout of the land, where glass fell, where skid marks are on the road, etc.
- Get Out of Harm’s Way
Unfortunately, your auto accident will probably happen at an inconvenient time and place. Once you’ve observed as much as you can after the accident, move out of harm’s way if possible. You should also move if you are blocking traffic. If you do move, try to stay as close as you can to the original site of the accident.
- Call the Police
The police can help move you to a safe place if necessary and they will also be recording details of the accident. Tell them as much as you can and do what you can to help their investigation.
- Hire an Accident Attorney
Because hit-and-run accidents are very different from a traditional auto accident, it’s important to have someone in your corner who understands those differences. Legally, the procedure is very different for hit-and-runs. There is extra paperwork, they take longer to solve, and in some cases, they are never settled! This is a lot to tackle if you are the average driver. By hiring an accident attorney, you will ensure that you have the best chance of a favorable outcome; you want to make sure you are protected and cared for if you sustained injuries, and your vehicle gets the proper insurance benefits too.
When shopping for an accident attorney, it is important to work with someone you feel comfortable with and that you can trust. You can count on the attorney’s at Cockayne Law to fight for injury and accident victims. When you choose Cockayne Law as your advocate, you can worry about getting back on your feet and moving on with your life!