Legal Procedures After You Have Been in a Hit-and-Run Accident
Steps to take if you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident
Hit-and-run accidents are frustrating because the lack of information regarding the at-fault driver can make getting proper compensation difficult. When major damage or injury are involved, that can result in you not having enough money to complete repairs or pay for treatment. Insurance companies understand that this is a difficult situation, but that doesn’t help if your own insurance has limits that prevent you from receiving enough money. You need information about the other driver to really get the right compensation. After a hit-and-run accident, you need to do what you can to help identify who it was who hit you.
If you are conscious and able to move after the accident, try to take pictures of the scene and try to see the license plate of the other car if possible (this is admittedly difficult if the other person takes off immediately). If there were witnesses, try to get their contact information and have them speak with police.
Adjacent businesses may have security camera footage of the accident, or nearby traffic cameras may have captured the accident and some identifying details. In fact, looking for nearby video is likely to be one of your best options because so many places have security cameras, live webcams, and more now.
If you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage, your own insurance policy may provide you with coverage for the crash.
As soon as you can, call the police and get medical treatment. The police can investigate the scene of the accident, and they’re more likely to be able to find local video of the area. Keep copies of all records, and contact a lawyer.
If you’ve been injured or are dealing with property damage from a hit-and-run accident, call Eisenberg Law Offices at (608) 256-8356. Don’t assume that you can’t get the compensation you need after an accident where the at-fault driver has fled.