I’ve been hit by a car and they drove away – now what?
Being involved in a car accident is never a good experience, but making an already bad situation worse is when the person who causes the accident decides to take off. Unfortunately, this is a reality of the world we live in.
If you ever find yourself as the victim of a hit and run accident, you may want to chase the driver or just leave yourself. Don’t. Instead, keep calm and follow the tips below.
- If at all possible, write down the license plate number of the person who hit you. That will make it easy for the police to find the person.
- Chances are you will not be able to get the license plate number so write down the make, model, color and any specifics you can remember of the car that hit you.
- Look around you and get the contact information of any witnesses. These people are not on the emotional roller coaster you and are may be able to recall details more accurately.
- Start taking pictures of your car and the surrounding area. The old adage of “a picture is worth a thousand words” is never truer than in incidences like these.
- Write down as many details about the situation as possible. Time, location, weather conditions and damage. This information will be fresh in your mind so get on paper.
- Call the police. Don’t drive to them. Police have training on what to look for and how to handle the situation.
What happens in the aftermath of a hit and run accident, insurance claims, auto repair bills and possible medical bills, is another set of tips. If you find yourself in such a predicament, contact the lawyers at Skaug Law. You’ll talk to an attorney on your first call!