A hit-and-run incident is incredibly unfair to accident victims, who often feel that they aren’t able to take action if the at-fault driver isn’t caught. Fortunately, if you were the victim of an automotive accident where the other party fled the scene, you do have options. When an accident happens, remember to:
- Try to get the other driver’s license plate number. If you are physically able, use your phone to take photos of the other vehicle and its plate.
- Call 911. If you or the other driver is injured, give the 911 responder as many details as possible.
- Provided you aren’t too injured, talk to as many eyewitnesses as you can. Ask them for their contact information. You may need a statement or testimony down the line.
- Report the accident to your insurance company, but don’t make any formal statement to your insurer before consulting legal counsel.
- If the other driver flees the scene, alert the police. Try to write down every detail before you forget anything. Scan your surroundings to determine if any video cameras may have recorded the accident.
You can’t be certain of how cooperative the other driver may be following an accident. However, you can give yourself a stronger chance of recovering compensation by thinking quickly and bringing a record of your post-accident observations to a skilled car accident attorney in Carroll County. Visit the McFadden Law Offices as soon as possible to learn more about how we can help you.