This guide is designed to help you understand the steps to take in the hours and days following a car accident. If you have any questions not covered by the guide, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away.
Whether a car accident occurs from driver distraction, bad weather conditions, or intoxicated driving, it can be a traumatic experience. These situations may be even more overwhelming if the other driver flees the scene, known as a hit-and-run accident. Regardless of how the hit-and-run accident happened, there are important steps to take in the aftermath to stay safe and protect your rights to pursue compensation.
Get Medical Help after a Hit and Run
The first steps after a hit-and-run accident will depend on your physical condition and the condition of your vehicle after the accident. If you are able to move and exit your car on your own or with the help of another person, you should consider contacting medical services immediately. Even if symptoms do not present immediately, some injuries may develop if not treated as soon as possible.
Additionally, it is a good idea to get regular check-ups with your doctor following your involvement in a hit-and-run accident. This is to ensure that you are not suffering from or developing a concussion or other severe injuries that may worsen over time.
Call the Police from the Scene
Just because you are the victim of a hit and run does not mean the proper authorities should not respond to the scene of the crash. In Ohio, you need independent, corroborating evidence of a hit and run crash in order to make a claim under your uninsured motor vehicle coverage. So, it is imperative to call the police in order to help to achieve that.
Do Not Follow the Fleeing Driver
Do not pursue the other driver after a hit and run. Your car may be damaged, and you might be hurt and physically unable to drive. Even if you are uninjured, it is best to stay put and wait for medical attention and the police to arrive.
While you are waiting, piece together all relevant information for the official report. This can make it easier for your lawyer, the police, and your insurance company to help you pursue damages.
Gather All Relevant Details Pertaining to Your Accident
After seeking immediate medical attention, you should document all details that you can remember from the accident, including the:
- Pictures of damage
- Vehicle type (make and model) of the fleeing driver
- License plate number of the other driver
- Any injuries sustained
This information can help an attorney file an accident claim on your behalf.
Contact a Lawyer for Your Hit-And-Run Case
If you were recently impacted by a hit-and-run accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages sustained. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer at Tittle & Perlmuter to organize your case today.