What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Auto Accident
- August 1, 2013
- Auto Accident
Any car accident can be traumatic, but when the other driver chooses to flee the scene, the accident suddenly becomes much more complicated. If you find yourself the victim of a hit-and-run, don’t panic: these tips can help you seek justice:
- Injuries come first: As with any car accident, getting proper medical care for the injured is the highest priority. While it may leave you with a sinking feeling to see the other party drive off, focus your attention on calling 911 and taking reasonable steps to help anyone with serious injuries.
- Do not try to follow: Following a hit-and-run driver is a bad idea, even if your car still works well enough. Anyone willing to flee a crash scene is in a panicked state of mind and likely to react even more erratically if followed. Leaving the scene also makes it harder for the police to sort out what happened – meaning it might be you who gets charged with hit-and-run.
- License plate: The single most important thing to notice about another car in an accident is the license plate. Even with no other identifying characteristics, police can often use a license plate to find a vehicle or identify the owner through registration. Always look at the license plate of a vehicle immediately after getting into a car accident. If the car starts to speed away, look at the license plate and say it out loud – over and over until you can write it down. In a pinch, even a partial license plate is useful.
- Other identifying characteristics: If the car had no visible license plate or you didn’t get a chance to see it, other factors can also be helpful. Note the color, the direction the vehicle sped off in, and the make and model of the car if you know it. Even “a white pickup truck” or “a blue sports car” is useful. If you had a chance to see the driver, note their physical description as well.
- Witnesses: You may not have gotten all of the information above, but other people near the scene of the accident might have. Witnesses are always important, but in a hit-and-run they become even more so. Talk to witnesses, ask what they know and ask them to wait for police to arrive.
- Talk to a lawyer: The other driver may owe you money to compensate you for damages and injuries. When they choose to flee the scene, it often makes your case even stronger.
If you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, don’t miss your opportunity. Contact the lawyers of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene for a completely free case evaluation today.