What to Do in a Hit and Run Accident
No accident is pleasant to be a part of, however, when your vehicle is struck, and the responsible driver flees the scene, it can be even more of a headache to deal with. Hit and run accidents can involve any kind of collision, and be any level of severity, from a little paint scratch to a dented bumper to a totaled car. Hit and run accidents can also cause a variety of injuries, from minor bumps and bruises to death. Because of the vast variety of hit and run accidents, and the fact that most of them do not get reported immediately, the risk for serious injuries and long-lasting effects is alarmingly high.
Why Leave the Scene?
When it comes to any accident, especially involving other people and their vehicles or property, it may be hard to wrap your mind around why anyone would want to leave the scene without first making sure that everyone is safe, and addressing the next steps to take. An extremely common reason that drivers leave the scene, or avoid stopping altogether, is intoxication. If alcohol or other substances played a part in causing the collision, the impaired driver may try to avoid a DUI or other repercussions that may happen should it be found out that they were operating a vehicle intoxicated.
Another common reason that the driver responsible for the accident may leave the scene is lack of insurance. Driving with no insurance is not only illegal and comes with its own repercussions, with no insurance safety net, the driver may be held completely responsible for any expenses out of pocket. To avoid the legal impact and the financial distress, instead of owning up to their actions, they flee.
What to Do
When you have been involved in a hit and run accident, it may be hard to keep track of what steps you should take next. Above all else, your health and safety should take priority. While you are on the scene of the accident, write down as much information as you can remember about the car and driver that was responsible for causing the accident. If you can get a picture of the vehicle or write down the license plate information, these could prove useful for your case later on. In addition, if there are any witnesses, gather their testimonies and contact information, and ask them if they noticed any additional details about the vehicle at fault as well.
It is also important to contact the authorities and seek medical attention while you are still at the scene as well. Having an official police report of the incident and proof of your injuries are essential for getting potential compensation in your case. Photograph the scene and keep records of everything relating to the accident.
Last, but certainly not least, when you have been involved in a hit and run accident, you need proper representation. Getting an experienced auto accident attorney can make all the difference in your case. Contact the experts at Eric Blank Injury Attorneys today.
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