Becoming the victim of a hit and run car accident can leave you feeling confused, angry, even helpless. You may be asking yourself, “How will I get compensation for my damages and injuries?”…
There are some steps that can be taken to better your chances of compensation.
What is a hit and run accident? It is any accident in which a driver intentionally flees the scene without providing contact information. Examples include:
What to do after a hit and run accident? While you’ll likely be feeling stress and confusion, it will help to stay as calm as possible and gather as much information as you can. Having more information:
et as much information as you can about the car that hit you
, such as:
Look around for
witnesses to the accident
, and ask for their names and contact information.
efore leaving the scene
Filing a Police Report. Call the police as soon as possible and file an accident report that includes the names of any witnesses and other important details.
Even if the police do not find the driver who hit you, having a police report on file can hasten the auto claims process and give you an official document to rely upon later.
Filing an insurance claim. If you are able to identify the person who hit you, you can get the car insurance information from your insurance company or the policy and file a claim with their car insurance company.
If you are unable to identify the person who hit you, or that person does not have enough insurance to cover your costs, you can file a claim with your own car insurance company.
In a few states, car insurance companies waive your deductible for hit and run claims.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hit and run accident, contact The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir