What Should I Do After A Hit and Run Accident?
After a hit and run, you may be feeling panicked, confused, and unsure of what to do in the weeks following. In these situations, gathering as much information as possible will be your best asset; meanwhile, any misstep you take could jeopardize your claim down the line.
Step 1: Call first responders if you or anyone else is hurt - Your number one priority is getting immediate help if there are any injuries.
Step 2: Call the police - We know that it can be scary after the other person has fled and you are all alone. You might be eager to remove yourself from the situation, but we urge you to stay there until the police arrive. They can conduct a thorough report which could be valuable to your case.
Step 3: Record everything you can remember about the at-fault driver - Understandably, you were probably unable to take note of everything about the negligent car before they left. Do your best to write down from memory the make, model, and color of the car. Even just remembering the state on the license plate can be helpful.
Step 4: Take any photos you can of the scene - This will back up your version of events as well as help jog your memory. Take photographs of any injuries you sustained, any injuries of those in your party, your damaged vehicle, roadway photos of debris, skid marks, etc.
Step 5: Get contact info of any witnesses - Ask other drivers or pedestrians if they witnessed the crash and saw anything that could help identify the driver. Plus, getting in touch with them afterward might be necessary if you need someone to give an account of the events.
Step 6: Call a personal injury lawyer - Whether you are still at the accident site or it’s the first thing you do when you get home, you should get in touch with a Southern Illinois personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Step 7: Report the incident to your insurance company - When you tell them what happened, do not editorialize. Keep it simple, factual, and to the point. Depending on when you get a lawyer involved, we may be able to represent you whenever speaking with the insurance company.
Step 8: See a doctor - Not only is this good for your physical health, but it may be invaluable to strengthening your claim. Try to get a long-term prognosis that will project the kind of rehabilitation and ongoing medical treatment you’ll need.
Step 9: Take the time you need to recover while we take care of the rest - The attorneys at Hassakis & Hassakis will handle all communication with your insurance, file the correct documents, and keep you informed of the whole process while you recover from your injuries.