Any accident can be terrifying, and even life-changing.
However, a hit-and-run accident is an even more serious type of accident.
Even when the severity of the hit-and-run is light, it gives you an entire stack of other issues to deal with beyond just the damage to your car or person.
A hit-and-run entails an entirely different legal procedure, plenty of extra paperwork, and a much bigger headache.
Hit-and-Run accidents tend to take longer, involve more work, and are sometimes unresolved over time. So, what do you do?
Being involved in a hit-and-run should have most of the traditional steps for any accident, with a few extras. Unfortunately, you may not even know at the time that it WAS a hit-and-run.
They tend to happen quickly and you may not be able to follow all of the steps as recommended, but being aware and prepared is the first step.
First Steps After Your Accident
Observe Everything You Can
If you can take pictures, even better.
Do your best to get the general style and color of the car – the make and model if possible. If you can get the license plate that is ideal, but any details you can gather about the car will be helpful.
Stop & Pull Off Safely
In the shock of the moment some drivers stop right in the road, block intersections, leave themselves in harm’s way.
Take a second to pull out of danger, but don’t go too far.
Take Pictures of the Area
Lots and lots of pictures can help you remember and better document the accident. The way glass or other pieces fell on the street can be helpful.
The color of paint left by the other car on your car could help catch the other driver.
Call the Police
Cooperate with their investigation and try to voice any concerns or questions you may have. Tell them everything you saw and did, even if it seems blurry.
Get an Accident Attorney
Especially in a hit-and-run case, the legal work can become significant. It’s practically a full-time job, and doing it yourself is very tricky.
Enlisting the help of an accident attorney, particularly one who is experienced with hit-and-run accidents can make the process run more smoothly and ensure that you get the medical and insurance help that you need.
That means all of your paperwork, photos, notes, and other items relating to the accident. You never know when one will come in handy.
We hope you never have to deal with the issues of a hit-and-run, but we also hope you will be prepared and ready if you do – so that you and your family can be protected and fully insured. If you have additional questions about what to do if you’re in a hit and run, please contact us so we can help.