Hit and Run Accidents

WHAT DO I DO AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT?

Get Medical Attention.

Go to an emergency room or your doctor’s office for treatment. Continue treatment until you are fully recovered.

Speak with a lawyer.

An experienced hit and run attorney can help you understand your case and your rights as a hit and run victim.  He will work with the insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve.

If you are injured in a hit and run accident, here’s what you should do in the minutes, hours and days following:

You Are Required to Report the Hit and Run to the Police and Cooperate in their investigation.

This is a requirement of the law and your own insurance policy.  Do not take “no” for an answer.  Demand that the police take a report.  If an officer refuses, ask to speak to his desk sergeant.

You Must Report the Accident to Your Own Insurer Within 24 Hours!

In order to be eligible for your Underinsured Motorist coverage, your insurance policy requires that your report hit and run accidents immediately. If it is slightly later than 24 hours, the insurers are usually satisfied as long as they are not prejudiced and you actually filed a police report.

Locate any witness in the area.

A witness may have had time to note important information, sush as the make and model of the vehicle that hit you, or what the driver looked like.  Be sure these witnesses don’t leave the accident scene before you take down their contact information.

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