Another vehicle hit you and then left the scene without identifying itself. Whether the vehicle caused this accident or not, this is classified as a hit and run. Knowing what to do ahead of the time is critical in situations like these. Here is what you need to know, and do, after a hit and run.
What to Do After a Hit and Run
- Seek medical help – First things first. Make sure that you get any injuries suffered properly treated. In some cases, injuries may be completely internal, so it’s important to get checked out even if you appear to be uninjured.
- Collect evidence – If possible, get the car’s license plate number. This will make it more likely your insurance company will reimburse your deductible and help the police find the driver. The make, model, and color will help if you can’t get the plate number.
- Take pictures – Pictures of the damages to your car will come in handy later. Write down the exact location it took place. Check to see if the other car’s paint rubbed off on yours, as that can help protect you should your insurance company suspect fraud.
- Contact the police – Even if you couldn’t get a license plate number or a good description of the vehicle, you should call the police. This will allow you to complete an accident report, in which you can collect the names of any witnesses and other key details.
- File a claim – If you have either uninsured motorist coverage or collision coverage, call your insurance company. You will probably have to pay a deductible, but your insurance company will reimburse you should police find the guilty party. Unfortunately, without either of these types of insurance, you may have to pay for the repairs yourself.
If someone injured you and fled the scene, make sure you contact a personal injury attorney. An experienced PI attorney will also know how to best leverage uninsured motorist coverage to your advantage.