A hit-and-run incident occurs when a driver involved in an accident flees the scene without stopping to provide their personal information, wait on the police to arrive or assist those who may be injured.
Being a hit-and-run victim can leave you unsure of what steps to take next. Stay tuned to learn the necessary actions to help ensure your safety, protect your rights and bring the responsible party to justice.
Prioritize your safety
Your safety is of utmost importance in any hit-and-run incident. Once you recollect yourself after the shock, move to a safe location away from traffic, if possible. This will help protect you from further harm and allow you to assess the situation calmly. It would be best to take a moment to assess yourself and others involved for any injuries.
If anyone requires immediate medical attention, call emergency services right away. As you wait for emergency services, try to take pictures of the scene, including any visible damages to your car, obvious injuries you may have sustained and debris in the road from the wreck.
Speak to witnesses
If any witnesses are present, approach them and kindly ask for their contact information. Their statements may provide valuable insights into the incident, and they can serve as witnesses if needed. You should also ask them if they noted the following:
- The hit-and-run vehicle’s number plates
- The vehicle’s make, model and color
- The physical description of the driver
- Report the incident
Reporting the hit-and-run incident to the police is crucial for initiating an investigation. Call then and provide the information you gathered, including details about the incident and any witnesses. You should also file an official report that will serve as an essential document for insurance claims and legal proceedings. When filing the report, be as accurate and detailed as possible.
Develop a legal strategy
You should develop a strategy if you decide to pursue legal action against the hit-and-run driver. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with traffic laws, your rights and the legal options you can explore to receive compensation. If the driver isn’t identified, it may be possible to seek compensation from your own insurance, instead.