The best scenario for anyone involved in a car accident is that everyone involved is not injured and remains at the scene of the wreck. However, there is always a chance that you may be involved in a hit and run accident.
A hit and run accident happens when one driver leaves the scene of the accident while the other remains. This type of car wreck could also refer to someone hitting a parked car and leaving no contact or insurance information. It is important for any driver to understand what to do after being involved in a hit and run accident.
What you can do after a hit and run accident
If you are the victim in a hit and run accident, you must call the police. If you do not need an ambulance, prepare as much information as possible about the vehicle before the police arrive. Once the information is given to the police, they may be able to catch the other driver and assist in an insurance claim.
Important information includes the make, model, and color of the car. If you can get a picture of the car or its license plate number, that will be even more helpful. Getting pictures of the damage done to your vehicle will help the police in their investigation and can assist the insurance companies when making a claim.
The next important step after a hit and run accident is to record the date and time of the accident and see if there were any witnesses. You should also record the location of the accident and try to remember when you parked your car to establish a time frame. If your car was hit in a parking lot, see if there are any security cameras located nearby that contain footage of the crime.
Filing a claim with the insurance company
Once the person who hit your car has been found, you can begin the process of collecting damages. However, you may not be able to identify or contact the suspect. If this is the case, your attorney can take one of two steps to attempt to solve the issue. Personal injury lawyers can obtain an accident reconstruction expert that can locate the other driver or help you file a claim with your insurance company.
Many states require that all drivers hold uninsured or underinsured motorist insurance coverage, while other states require that this coverage only be offered. It is best to have as much coverage as possible for your situation in order to protect yourself and your property.
Making a claim after a hit and run accident requires you to gather as much evidence and documentation as possible. A settlement demand should also be given that includes medical bills and reports, and evidence of loss of wages if your injuries stopped you from working. Once all information has been submitted, negotiations must be made with the insurance company for a fair settlement.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer to help with your claim
If you have been the victim in a hit and run accident, hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you get the money you deserve. Contact Attorney Dean Boyd to get professional and expert assistance with your case. Call us today at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email to learn more about our services. You can also visit our office at 4423 SW 45th Ave in Amarillo, Texas or 5012 50th St #103 in Lubbock, Texas for more information about how we can help you.