No matter how big or small, accidents are very stressful – not to mention exceptionally expensive. Fortunately, insurance helps cover the cost of damages resulting from an accident. But what do you do if someone hits your car and leaves the scene, leaving you unable to collect their insurance information? Today we examine the steps you should take in the event that you are involved in a hit-and-run accident.
- Call 911
After being involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is most important to call 911 so that an ambulance will be sent to the scene of the accident and can help to treat you for any injuries you may have sustained. By calling 911, you will also have a police officer dispatched to the scene of the accident. Once there, he or she will create an accident report that will be filed and can be later accessed. This is very important, as it contains details of the crash including witness statements that can be used in the investigation.
- Seek Medical Treatment
It is not uncommon to become injured due to an accident. However, sometimes the severity of an injury is not immediately apparent. This is why it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident. This way you can ensure that you have no internal, non-obvious injuries, and it will also create a medical record as evidence of the injuries that you incurred from the accident.
- Contact Your Insurance Company
Generally, drivers must notify their auto insurance companies of any accident within a very short timeframe. This is often just one to two days post-crash. Reporting is not only mandatory but may also help you to receive compensation from your own policy. Unfortunately, the minimum car insurance coverage will not always offer the protection that you need in a hit-and-run accident. This is why it may be a good idea to at least consider an uninsured motorist insurance policy, which may help to protect you against drivers who do not have insurance or the money to pay for the damages they cause.
- Call a Knowledgeable and Experienced Attorney
The cost of a hit-and-run accident can have a major impact on your life, sometimes even proving debilitating. However, seeking the counsel of a knowledgeable and experienced auto accident attorney can make all the difference.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto vehicle accident, you should not have to pay the price for the careless or reckless mistakes of another person.