Being the victim of a hit and run car accident is a very frustrating and stressing experience. Under law, drivers who hit a person or another vehicle and cause injuries or death are required to stay on the scene. In the case of property damage, such as if the driver damaged a parked car, the driver must at least leave a note with their personal details. When, instead, the driver speeds off, it’s called a hit and run.
The first thing you need to do is stay calm and collect any information that you can. Jot down details about the fleeing car, such as its license plate number, color, model, and the direction it was heading. Ask bystanders if they can provide testimony about the driver. Take photographs of the scene and of the damage that was done.
Hit and runs are criminal offenses. However, unless it results in severe injuries or death, it will probably not be on top of the police’s priorities. Even if a criminal case proceeds against the driver and punitive criminal charges are filed, it is still up to you to file for civil compensation for your damages (which is why a car accident lawyer is so important).
Many times, the driver will never be caught. In such a case, you will have to battle with your insurance agency for your compensation. Usually, you will have to file an uninsured motorist claim.
During all of this, you will need a car accident lawyer to guide you through the complex legal battles you will have to take. Your insurance company will try to get out of paying you the compensation you deserve, and it’s up to you to stop them from using any loopholes to avoid paying you.
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