We’ve written in the past about what to do after a car accident and injury in California, but a hit-and-run accident requires a slightly different plan. If you are injured in an accident in which the driver flees the scene of the crash, here’s what you should do in the minutes, hours, and days after the incident:
Get medical attention.
Hit-and-run accidents often involve pedestrians and cyclists, and they often result in severe injury. Go to an emergency room or your doctor’s office for treatment. Continue treatment until you are fully recovered. Never try to pursue your hit-and-run driver immediately after an accident, especially if you are injured.
Locate any witnesses in the area.
Chances are a witness to the car accident saw more than you did, or will be able to recall the details of the accident better. A witness to a hit-and-run accident may have had time to note important information, such as the make and model of the vehicle which hit you, or what the driver looked like. Be sure these witnesses don’t leave the accident scene before give you their contact information.
Help with the police investigation.
You probably will have difficulty collecting compensation and receiving due justice if your hit-and-run case is never solved. While you certainly can’t take the investigation into your own hands, you can be a helpful witness by giving police as much detailed information as possible about the incident.
Read your insurance policy and file a report.
It is vital to know what kind of insurance coverage you have if you have been in a hit-and-run accident. If you have sufficient uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance, then your insurance company may be obligated to pick up the tab on damages. If you don’t, then you may end up eating the cost yourself if the hit-and-run driver is not found.
Speak with a CA injury lawyer.
An experienced accident attorney can help you understand your case and your rights as an injury victim. Even if you are unsure whether you have a claim, speaking with a lawyer can help you know your options for action and provide the reassurance that you have done what you can. At Russell & Lazarus, we offer accident victims and their families free case evaluations. Call today to request yours: (949) 851-0222.