When a person behind the wheel leaves the scene on purpose after hitting someone else’s vehicle, that is known as a hit-and-run accident. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you were probably left in a state of anger and confusion. You were hit by someone, and he or she did not stop to render any type of aid or stop ahead to call the police. It is definitely understandable to be upset in a situation like that.
Unfortunately, these accidents occur more often than they should. Sometimes the person who is responsible may not be found, and that is a sad reality. There are some things that a Laguna Beach personal injury attorney advises you do in order to recover your losses after being injured in the hit-and-run.
Make A Call To The Police If You Can
If you are able to use your phone, call the police to notify them that you were hit and the driver left the scene. If you are unable to call yourself, and there are other people around, ask someone to call for help.
Every Piece Of Information Is Valuable
The driver should be held accountable for what he or she did, but in order to be held accountable that person needs to be found. Make not of every information that you can about the vehicle, such as the color, the make, the model, the license plate number, and any thing else that you can remember. Some vehicles have stickers, flags, scratches, dents, and other things that can be used to distinguish that vehicle from others.
It is understandable that you may not be able to get this information, but if anyone saw this accident, get information from them. It is advisable to get their information such as name and phone number, just in case you need to call them for additional help. There may be traffic cameras in the area, so make note of that as well.
Taking pictures of the scene is also helpful. If you have a camera or your phone has a camera, take different pictures at different angles. Some of the other car’s paint may be on your vehicle, and if you see it, takes photos of that. Give the information to the police when they show up to the scene, but make sure you have multiple copies of that information.
Don’t Forget Your Insurance Company
Notify your insurance company of what happened. Give them all of the information that you have, and inform them that you have spoken with the police. The more information you can give your insurance company, the better. You want your insurance company to believe that you were involved in a hit-and-run because you were. You do not want to give them any reason to believe you are lying.
The police can not find every driver who hit someone and left, but an attorney may be able to help you find that driver or increase your claim value. If you would like a consultation or you need additional information about hit-and-run accidents, contact us.