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Dos and Don’ts with Hit and Run Accidents

November 1, 2017

An unknown vehicle just crashed into you or your car. The other driver fled, or promised to take care of the damage, or is nowhere to be seen. You’ve just been involved in a hit and run. A hit and run accidents occurs when a driver leaves the scene without providing their contact information.

Hit and run incidents are on the rise, and may account for over ten percent of all traffic collisions. Drivers often illegally flee the scene of an accident to avoid legal penalties and escape responsibility for your personal injuries and property damage. Any auto accident can be stressful and confusing, and hit and runs are especially frustrating. This article shows you what to do, and what not to do, if you are involved in a hit and run.


DO:

Be safe!

  • Pull over to a safe location and check yourself and any passengers for injuries
  • Call 911 and report the accident and any injuries
  • Wait for the police to arrive.

Gather information

  • Information about the accident is critical to protecting your rights. Since the other driver was unwilling to provide the information required by law, you must do your best to gather as much information as possible.
  • Try to observe, take pictures of, and note:
    • The other driver’s license plate details,
    • The other vehicle’s description (make, model, color, approximate year),
    • When, where, and how the accident occurred, and
    • The damage to all vehicles involved.

Look for witnesses

  • If you see anyone nearby, ask if they will provide their account of the incident. Make sure to gather their contact information, and ask them to provide a statement to the police when they arrive to complete a traffic crash report.

Complete a traffic crash report

  • When the police arrive, provide all the information you gathered so they can complete an accurate report.
  • Make sure they note any witnesses, pictures, and other information you have.

DON’T:

  • Hit and run:
    It’s illegal, dangerous, wrong, and the penalties are severe. Simply put, don’t be that kind of person.
  • Chase the other driver:
    Resist the urge to chase down the other driver. You don’t know what kind of person they are (they’ve already shown disregard for the law and your safety by committing a hit and run), and the stress you are experiencing makes driving extremely dangerous.
  • Trust the other driver:
    Sometimes, people are not who they appear. After an accident, the other driver might stop, volunteer contact and insurance information, and even offer to pay for the damage to your vehicle. Only later, when you’ve lost the opportunity to have the police make an official report that protects your rights, do you find out the other driver lied.

NEXT STEP:

Find an attorney to help you
After a hit and run, it’s important to seek the help of a personal attorney injury. Insurance companies are experts at defending personal injury claims. So you need your own experts in personal injury cases helping you protect your rights. If you need help after a hit and run, or need other car accident advice, Daniel L. Jacobs, Jr., LLC is here to help.


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