One of the few things that can make an injury-causing car accident even worse is when the other driver leaves the scene. This means the injured person has become the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Even when you do not have the other driver’s information, you might be able to pursue a legal claim for your injuries.
Leaving the site of a car accident is a crime, but it happens more than people would like to think. Most of the time, drivers who flee are worried about being arrested for some other reason, like driving under the influence or driving without a license. They might also be afraid of punishment for the accident itself.
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, the first thing you need to do is contact law enforcement. Especially if you were injured, you need to call 911 or ask someone else to call 911 to make sure that you receive the medical attention you need and that officers generate a report. While you are at the scene, you should try to obtain information from witnesses, including how to contact them later.
Convey any information you can remember to officers, and write it down yourself to remember it later. You will want to note anything you remember about the other driver and the vehicle. Next, you will want to notify your insurance company of the accident. In the event police do not find the other driver, your insurance carrier might pay your claim.
That said, you should not agree to any amount from any insurance company without speaking to an experienced lawyer. A car accident lawyer will make sure you receive the amount you deserve and not just the first amount the insurance company is willing to pay.
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