If you’ve been involved in a car accident, there’s a pretty good chance that you feel sore, frustrated, and maybe even confused. Do I need a lawyer?” Which doctor should I go to? How do I get my car fixed or paid for? Etc.
These feelings and questions will become more intense if you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run car accident. The good news is there are options that will allow you to be compensated for your injuries and get your car repaired. The bad news is that not every person will have the proper insurance coverage that will cover injuries caused by a hit-and-run car accident.
Each hit-and-run car accident injury is unique, but let’s walk through a few bits of information that will hopefully help you understand your legal rights after a hit-and-run car accident.
Crucial Step 1 – Gather Information
Car accidents happen quickly. Hit-and-run drivers tend to leave the scene of a car accident within seconds. This makes it difficult to gather information, but gathering information is crucial when it comes to hunting down the at fault driver.
If you’re involved in a car accident, try to document as much as you can as quick as you can. Things you will want to document are the license plate of the other vehicle, the make and model of the other vehicle, the color of the other vehicle, a description of the driver, which direction they drove off towards, etc. You might not be able to gather all of these bits of information in the seconds after a hit-and-run car accident, but the more you have the more likely the police will be able to help you find the hit-and-run driver.
Luckily, most cell phones have great cameras. If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run car accident, pull your phone out and take as many pictures as you can. You can even record a video of yourself saying the license plate number and describing the car and driver if you don’t have a pen or something to write the information on.
Crucial Step 2 – Report The Information
Most insurance companies will require you to actually file a police report if you’re involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Be sure to share EVERYTHING you have regarding the hit-and-run driver with the responding police officer. I’ve seen many cases where the responding police officer is able to locate the hit-and-run driver and get their insurance information.
Crucial Step 3 – Contact An Experienced Hit-And-Run Lawyer
Things get a little messy on hit-and-run cases. It’s possible that the hit-and-run driver can be located and his or her insurance company might step in and compensate you for your injuries and car repairs. If the hit-and-run driver can’t be located, there will be several variables that will determine your next step. Processing the information that will determine your next steps is a bit complicated for a blog post. However, you can call Allbee Law Firm for a free, no strings attached consultation. Our phone number is (817) 244-6453. We are more than happy to share our knowledge and share information about your legal rights.