4 Steps to Take if You’re the Victim of a Hit-and-Run Accident
Being in a car accident of any kind can be alarming. Even in cases where nobody is harmed, the devastation and destruction it could cause to one’s property and finances can be extensive. Being involved in a hit-and-run accident, particularly as the victim, can be far more taxing.
A hit-and-run occurs when a driver flees the scene of an accident when an injury or property damage occurs. The law states that when an accident occurs, the at-fault party has to provide their information. Fleeing the scene of an accident can lead to a felony charge.
Seek Medical Attention / Law Enforcement
As soon as a hit-and-run accident occurs, take stock of the scene of the accident. If anyone is hurt, seek medical attention immediately. Contact law enforcement to file a police report at the scene.
Hit-and-run accidents happen quickly – it can be easy to lost track of vital information. Make out, if possible, of any details about the other vehicle and driver. A license plate number would be most ideal, but the make, model, and color of the vehicle can also go a long way. If possible, make note of whatever can be remembered about the driver, such as gender, skin, and hair color.
Odds are, regardless of where an accident occurs, there could be a witness. If there are bystanders, ask them directly for anything they may have seen. If there are nearby businesses, ask employees if they’ve spotted any details that could help.
Take Personal Stock of Evidence
If possible, take photos of the scene. Take photos of any damage incurred, photos of the scene, and make note of the date and time the accident occurred. Any and all information that can be gathered right at the scene could prove invaluable later.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if you’ve lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to know that you have rights. The experienced and aggressive personal injury attorneys from The Paris Firm may be able help. Call (909) 469-5127 or contact online today to schedule your initial consultation.