What should I do if I’m involved in an accident with a hit and run driver?
Hit and run accidents occur when a driver fails to stop and render aid after a crash. If you were involved in a collision with a hit and run driver, and particularly if you were injured in the accident, there are a few essential steps you should take to protect yourself.
The first thing you should do after an accident is call 911. You should also seek medical attention right away. Even if you do not believe that you were seriously injured, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor so they can perform a thorough checkup. Their report of any injuries will strengthen your case for compensation.
It is also crucial to take as many photos of the crash scene, including the position of your vehicle, the damage it sustained, and any injuries you suffered.
If possible, try to get the other car’s license plate number. Even writing down part of the plate number could help the police track the at-fault driver down after they’ve fled the scene. Take note of the make and model of the car, the color, and any other unique or distinguishing characteristics of the car. It is also important that you get a good look at the driver to describe to officers later, like their age, height, hair color, etc.
Get statements from people who saw the accident. If you were in a busy area such as a grocery store parking lot or shopping mall, there might multiple witnesses who saw what happened. If you were near a building or shop, ask the manager if their security cameras might have caught the accident on tape. This could give you a clearer picture of the car, driver, and license plate number.
You should immediately contact an experienced car accident attorney to represent you after a hit-and-run crash. Not only could your attorney help you hold the at-fault driver accountable if they are apprehended, but they can also make sure that your insurance company compensates you fairly if you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your policy.
Contact a Connecticut hit and run attorney today
You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for someone else’s failure to act responsibly or obey the law. We’ll be here to help you put this accident behind you and move on with your life. Call us at 203-397-1283 or reach out to us online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.