Being injured in a hit-and-run accident is a terrifying experience, and it’s easy to forget the most important details in the confusion of the aftermath. Unfortunately, those details can make a big difference in how—and if—you are able to recover compensation for your injuries. Although seeking medical attention should be your first priority, here are a few steps you should take immediately following an Orange County hit-and-run accident if you are able:
- Write everything down. Write down as much information as you have regarding the car that hit you, including the make, model, color, license plate number, etc. Gather the names and contact information for any witnesses, and try to write down a summary of what happened before, during, and after the accident.
- Report the accident to the police. Call the police as soon as possible to report the accident. In California, a hit-and-run accident is a crime. If the driver left the scene of an accident that caused an injury, he or she could be facing felony charges.
- Call your insurance company. Let your insurance company know that you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run, and follow the instructions they give you.
- Contact an experienced Orange County hit-and-run attorney. An experienced attorney can be a valuable guide in this confusing time and will help protect your rights and gather evidence.
Victims of OC hit-and-run accidents often have a difficult time pursuing compensation for their injuries. If you have been injured by a hit-and-run driver, an experienced Orange County accident attorney would be happy to meet with you in a free, no-obligation consultation to answer your questions and provide further guidance. Just give us a call today at (949) 851-0222, or fill out the confidential online contact form on this page to learn more.