A hit-and-run is a crime where a vehicle hits a person or object and the driver knowingly leaves the scene without providing their information to the necessary people. Unfortunately, hit-and-runs are on the rise in the United States. If you’ve been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, knowing how to respond to it can be crucial in getting compensated.
Move to Safety
If you’ve been hit by a hit-and-run driver, whether while in your car or as a pedestrian, if possible, move to a safe location away from traffic.
If you’re hurt, call 911 immediately! Provide the 911 operator with details of your injuries and your location so you can receive medical attention promptly. Police will arrive at the scene to make a report.
Gather As Much Evidence As You Can
Obviously, if you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run, you may not be in the condition to investigate the details of your accident. However, the more information you can remember, gather, and convey to the right people will be critical later on. The information you provide police and your attorney may be the deciding factor in being compensated for your damages.
· Car make, model, and color
· License Plate
· Identifying marks on the car (bumper stickers, dents…etc.)
· Driver’s appearance (sex, age, and ethnicity)
Other Important Notes:
· Talk to witnesses and ask if they can provide any information surrounding the hit-and-run.
· Look for cameras around the scene of the hit-and-run and try to get a copy of the footage.
Contact An Attorney
Navigating a hit-and-run accident can be daunting. Attorneys at Mercado & Sacramento, PC know how to navigate through the hurdles so you can recover from your injuries.
We know how to gather evidence, identify the driver, and make them accountable for your injuries. If this option is unavailable, a claim may be filed with your own insurance. Even your own insurance can make compensation extremely difficult. We know the strategies that insurance companies use and how to counter them. We’re committed to providing our clients the best representation, so they can have the best possible outcome.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact us now at (510) 340-4LAW.