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What should I do after a hit and run accident?

Make sure you know what to do after a hit and run accidentNot only did another driver cause your car accident, but that driver then left you injured at the scene of the crash. The criminal penalties for the driver who left the scene of the crash may be significant, but those potential fines and jail time don’t have anything to do with your recovery. Instead, you are going to have to take specific actions to make sure that you get the recovery that you deserve after a hit and run crash.

Three Things You Need to Do As Soon As Possible

Your recovery starts at the scene of the crash and continues until you have reached the maximum possible physical and financial recovery. In order to protect these recoveries, you should…

  1. Call the police. The police will come to the scene of the crash and investigate what happened. They may be able to find the driver who left the scene of the crash based on any damage that was done to your car, your description of the vehicle, or the descriptions provided by eyewitnesses.
     
  2. Call your insurance company. You need to report the accident to your own insurance company. If you have uninsured motorist coverage as part of your insurance policy, then you may be able to recover damages from your insurance company. However, your insurance company may not be willing to provide you with fair compensation without solid evidence and convincing legal arguments about the accident and your injuries.
     
  3. Call an attorney. Whether you end up pursuing a recovery from the other driver or your own insurance company, an experienced lawyer can help you get the recovery that you deserve.

If you are unable to make these calls yourself, then it is important to have a loved one make them for you. Otherwise, you may miss the opportunity to gather important evidence or you may miss important deadlines. Your ability to recover damages from the other driver or an insurance company may be compromised and you may remain responsible for all of your medical bills, lost income, and other expenses. Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, make the right phone calls and take steps to protect yourself after someone else leaves you injured.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham