Being involved in a hit-and-run accident is far more stressful than most other accidents. Who do you hold responsible for the damage done to your property and any injuries you might have sustained? Most of us know what to do after a motor vehicle accident, but what do you do when the person who was at fault speeds off before you get a chance to exchange information to make an insurance claim?
Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run Accident
To ensure you are prepared if you are ever involved in a hit-and-run accident, we prepared a list of steps for you, which you can review, print, and store in your glove compartment.
Here is what you should do after a hit-and-run accident:
- Call the police, regardless if anyone was injured. Once they arrive, provide any details you can recall while it is fresh in your memory. If you know the color, model, or make of the vehicle, this would be helpful. You likely did not catch the entire license plate number, but if you know part of it, provide this information as well.
- Did you notice if there were any witnesses at the scene? If there were, ask them what they saw and take down their information. Your insurance company will want to speak to them as well.
- Take as many pictures as you can if it is safe to do so. Photograph the damage done to your vehicle, the location where it happened, and any other damage, such as a bent traffic sign or skid marks.
- If you forget to contact law enforcement at this stage, make sure you call them within 24 hours. Not only is a hit-and-run a crime, but your insurer will need a police report or you might not be able to recover damages.
- Go to the doctor as soon as you can. Even if you do not feel like you were injured, some injuries take a while before they present symptoms, so you will want to take care of this early on. Otherwise, your insurer might not believe the injuries were sustained in the accident, which can hurt your claim.
- Contact a personal injury attorney! It is not uncommon for insurers to do everything within their power to avoid compensating an injured victim, so you will need a legal advocate on your side to help ensure the success of your claim.
You Need to Act Fast
Many insurance policies require that you file a police report within 24 hours. Largely to prevent fraud, your insurance policy likely has a provision that requires that you report an accident within 24 hours to police. If you fail to do that, they might disclaim coverage. Therefore, you should call us and retain us quickly! Similarly, some policies require that you provide a “statement under oath” or statement to your insurance within a specific period of time. So after you call the police, call us promptly!
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