You are driving your car along the same route as always and suddenly, you are struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driver, who has realized they hit you with their vehicle, has fled the crime scene. The other party might claim it was an unintentional accident later on, but since they did not stay at the scene of the crash, it may be considered a hit-and-run, which is a criminal offense.
A hit-and-run can involve a driver hitting a car, pedestrian or fixed object and then driving off from the scene. An example of a hit-and-run is striking a parked car and refusing to leave any personal contact details and intentionally leaving the incident site. It may be possible that the party does have an insurance policy. If this is the case, you may want to consider filing a claim for negligence against the other party. It is advisable to track down the other driver's company to ensure your claim has been recorded.
The following outlines the steps you should follow after a hit-and-run:
- Attempt to recall the damage of your car and the model of the driver's car who drove off.
- Jot down the time of the accident and location, include the license number of the car and model.
- Remember whether there was an eyewitness. The observer may remember a detail or missing piece about the accident that you had forgotten.
- You will want to call the police right away and file and accidental report.
You might be struggling with routine tasks such as running errands for your job and home, maintaining focus, and completing sufficient daily tasks. A hit-and-run can result in brain damage, road rash, and spinal cord injury. It may be worthwhile to contact a physician who can provide you with the care you need to treat your injuries.
The best course of action is to contact an experienced attorney who has dealt with similar cases in this situation. The attorney will help you regain your peace of mind and get you the compensation you deserve.