Handling Hit and Run Accidents

Hit-and-run accidents are when two or more cars collide, and one party runs away with the vehicle or by foot. The case can become more complicated if one party flees after an accident.

Causes of hit-and-run accidents

There are many reasons hit-and-run accidents can occur. Accidents can occur when someone has been drinking, using drugs or driving. These people who cause accidents could be worried about being charged with illegal drinking. The driver might not have insurance or want to be financially responsible for the accident. A warrant could make it difficult for a driver to stop at the scene where emergency responders or police can arrive. Accidents can also occur when someone tries to flee police or escape an area where they have been convicted of a crime. These individuals might not stop following an accident because they fear being charged with other crimes.

Sometimes, people may become anxious after an accident. They might decide to flee the scene rather than wait for help. The actions of hit-and-run drivers can still cause injury to the victim, regardless of the reason the accident occurred.

Criminal Aspect of the case

Most states require that individuals report an accident to the police and remain on the accident scene until they arrive. It is common for police to charge people with leaving an accident scene without disclosing contact information or insurance information. This could be a misdemeanor. It could be a misdemeanor offense if the accident caused property damage exceeding a certain amount or bodily injuries. To identify the driver who fled the accident scene, law enforcement could initiate a criminal investigation. Banks, traffic cameras, and other businesses in the area may have surveillance footage that could help them identify the vehicle description, license plate, or identity of the suspect.

Steps to Protect Your Claim

There are many ways you can protect your claim. These are just a few of the options available to protect your claim.

See What Happens After an Accident

Although it may be difficult to regain your senses after an accident, try to follow the driver wherever he or she goes. You should not follow another driver, but take note of the direction they were going and any roads they took. If possible, take down the license plate number and the description of your vehicle.

Stay on the Scene of the Accident

After an accident, you will not likely be able to drive. Hit-and-run accidents can result in impacts at higher speeds or head on collisions. This could be due to the driver’s inattention or speed. Your vehicle may also have suffered and may not be safe for driving. Chasing another vehicle can be dangerous. It could put you and others at danger. You may also face criminal sanctions if the accident scene is not cleared up.

Contact the police

You should immediately contact the police. Even if the damage appears to be minor, there may still be unnoticed injuries. A police report can help you document the incident. Provide as much detail as you can to police and explain the circumstances of the accident. This information could help police identify the person responsible. You should also take note of any damage to your vehicle. The other driver might have caused damage to the same part of their vehicle.

Get medical attention

Even if there are no immediate injuries, you may need medical attention. If you sustain injuries, a healthcare provider will be able to assess the situation.

Get in touch with your insurance company

You may have to contact your insurance company to file a claim for uninsured motorist if the other party isn’t apprehended, or he/she doesn’t have insurance. This will help you get reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This can help you complete your repairs.

A Personal Injury Lawyer can be hired

A personal injury lawyer is an excellent choice for cases involving hit-and-run accidents. An insurance company may not offer you a fair settlement. A personal injury lawyer can help you to be an effective advocate.

Updated 01/19/22