Road accidents happen all the time. What is sometimes frustrating is that the offending motorist simply takes off without even stopping to check on the status of the others involved in the accident. This is a clear hit-and-run case. And if you’re a victim of hit-and-run, here are the things that you can do.
- Get as much information as you possibly can about the offending vehicle
The moment your vehicle got hit, the natural reaction is shock and disbelief. Adrenaline kicks in and you have this urge to go after the car. Don’t! This will only make matters worse. What you need to do is to get as much information as you possibly can on the car that drove away. For example, you can take note of the brand or model of the car, its make, its body color, and any other distinguishing feature it may have. If you’re quick enough, you might even get a good look at its license plate. Jot this down immediately as it can help speed up the process of finding justice through AEKLAW.
- Pull over to a safe section of the road
Experts are somehow divided over this aspect. Some say you have to pull over first before taking any information on the other vehicle. Unfortunately, by the time you’re done parking your car to a safer section of the road, the offending vehicle will already be too far to make any significant assessment of its identification. Even if you have a photographic memory, the first thing you will still have to do is to get a good look at the other vehicle so you can make a picture of it in your mind. Then, you can park your car safely on the side of the road so you will not interfere with traffic.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local law enforcement
Whether or not you have a complete description of the offending vehicle, it is your inherent duty to inform the police about the hit-and-run incident. This effectively documents the occurrence of the accident which you can then use to bolster your claims from your insurer.
- Gather additional evidence
There really isn’t that much information you can get from the other party once it has already gotten away. However, this should not stop you from gathering more evidence such as taking pictures of the damage caused to your vehicle. If you or one of your passengers suffered bruises or any other form of injury, now’s the time to document them. The timestamp on the pictures should provide a timeline of the injuries or damage to your vehicle. In taking photographic evidence, make sure you get the best angle so that all possible damaged surfaces are clearly visible. It’s important to look for witnesses, too.
- Contact your insurer
Make sure you have all the documents with you before filing a claim with your insurer. This is to expedite the processing of your claims.
You don’t have to take being a victim of hit-and-run sitting down. There are things you can do to find the right justice for the incident.