How to Handle a Hit-and-Run Accident
According to AAA, more than one hit-and-run occurs every minute in the United States. This has resulted in an astronomical increase in the death rate associated with hit-and-runs from 2009 to 2016 – and that number continues to grow.
In the last 24 hours, the following articles have been posted in relation to hit-and-runs:
- Amityville Woman Critically Hurt in Copiague Hit-and-Run Collision, Suffolk Police Say (Long Island)
And sadly, there are dozens more where those came from. Most people don’t realize how frequently hit-and-run accidents take place, but they’re unfortunately quite common in today’s world. With that knowledge on hand, we thought it may be best to walk through a few necessary steps should you find yourself on the receiving end of a hit-and-run accident.
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Don’t Be a Hero – Call The Police:
We can’t emphasize this enough – if you’ve been struck by another driver, and they quickly speed off – do not chase them.
The odds of causing another motor vehicle accident greatly outweigh the benefits of actually catching up to and having the driver who struck you pull over and swap information. Instead, simply pull to the side of the road, if possible, and call the police.
Filing and obtaining an actual accident report can help you expedite the process with your insurance company, even if the other driver is never caught by the police.
Get As Much Information As Possible:
As one would imagine, gathering information about the other driver in a hit-and-run is quite difficult.
Furthermore, after an accident, your initial reaction may be anger or frustration, but it’s important to stay vigilant. Try to quickly look at the make and model of the other car, and try to jot down or memorize their license plate.
From there, once you’ve made sure that you and any other passengers in the vehicle are okay and not seriously injured, try to see if there are any witnesses around you who may be willing to give a statement on your behalf – also, make sure to ask for their contact information in case they’re needed in the future.
Finally, before leaving the scene, make sure you get out of the vehicle, take as many pictures as you can of the location, the street signs, and the damage – because you’re using a smartphone, this will also help to capture the date and the time of the accident as well.
Contact an Attorney:
The last piece of advice we can give you is to contact an attorney.
Many people will try to see retribution on their own, but that road leads to nowhere helpful and can make the process of receiving any type of compensation or settlement much more difficult.
Put your anger aside – and contact an attorney who can help you successfully recover for the damages your vehicle sustained.
Any experienced motor vehicle accident attorney recognizes that although an accident can occur within seconds, the serious injuries, pain, disability, and financial losses that result can last a lifetime.
Every year, innocent victims are severely injured and sometimes killed in automobile accidents caused by negligent and reckless drivers.
Before you agree to a settlement with an insurance company, obtain knowledgeable legal advice from hard-fighting car accident lawyers at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban. We understand how important it is to ensure that you are compensated for both today and tomorrow, and we are ready to stand up for your rights.
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