Injured in a hit-and-run? What next?

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Injured in a hit-and-run? What next?

Being in a hit-and-run accident can be extremely overwhelming and can cause people to act abruptly as a result of stress. Having an action plan and staying calm can make a world of difference. Here are a few tips on what to do after a hit-and-run accident:

  1. Call 911. Having documentation of the accident is very important in the case of a hit-and-run and leaving the accident scene if there are injuries is considered a crime. Make sure the first thing you do is notify the police. Have the police offer draw up an accident report so that you have documentation of the accident.
  2. Document Everything. Try to remember as much about the vehicle, license plate number and driver as you can and be sure to give your description the police. Take photos of the scene including photos of the vehicles involved and any damages.
  3. Call your insurance company. Let your agent and insurance company know about what happened so they can help you in filing a claim. Some policies do not cover hit-and-runs so it is important to know what to expect when moving forward.
  4. Seek medical treatment. Make sure to seek treatment immediately. A lot of times the shock of an accident can cause injuries to appear later.
  5. Call a personal injury attorney. Make sure to seek the advice of an attorney that they can help you protect your rights after the accident.

Being prepared in the case of a hit-and-run accident can make a big difference in the amount of stress you experience later. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hit-and-run accident call our office for a free consultation.

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