Everyone knows to pull over safely and get the information of the other person when there is a car accident. Right? Unfortunately, not everyone stops and takes responsibility for an accident like they are supposed to. What are you supposed to do when the other person drives off?
If you’re the victim of a hit and run, no matter how small the accident, here’s what you should do:
- Stay safe
The first thing you should always do is ensure your own safety. Make sure your car is out of traffic and don’t try to chase the person who hit you. Instead, make sure you are not physically injured. If you are, call for medical help. Your wellbeing and safety should be top priority.
- Call the police
No matter how small the accident, you should always call the police. Even if you don’t have any information about who hit you, calling authorities as soon as you can will help your claim.
- Get your evidence
Next, you’re going to need evidence of the incident. Write down everything you can remember. Include your recollection of the accident, what happened when the other party left, what you did after, and any information about the other person or their car.
- Find potential witnesses
If there is anyone else around, you should ask them if they saw the accident. Get the information of as many people as possible and try to find out if they saw anything about the other person, especially a license plate.
- Call your insurance company
Once you’ve filed a police report, you should contact your insurance company. They will look at your policies and talk with you about what they will pay.
- Call your lawyer
The aftermath of a hit and run can be very overwhelming and complicated. Contact your lawyer to ensure that you can protect yourself. They will help you fight to hold the other party responsible and work with your insurance provider. Often, your insurance will not want to give you as much payment as you need. Especially when you are injured or have significant damages, you need legal representation fighting for you.