It is unfortunate that relatively few people are forthcoming and willing to own up to causing an accident on the roads. There are far too many hit-and-run accidents in America, and these kinds of incidents are difficult to prosecute and pursue when one of the parties to the accident disappears to try to escape accountability.
If you are involved in a hit and run accident and the other driver speeds away, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself so if you suffer injuries you can still file a claim and perhaps locate the other driver in time.
If you can write down anything you notice about the other vehicle – can you get a license plate number? What type of vehicle was it? Did you note the color or make/model of the vehicle? Was the car driven by a male or female? Which direction was it going and on what street? Take down as much information as you can, especially any distinguishing marks (a cracked taillight, a racing stripe, etc.) that can help distinguish it from similar vehicles. Take photos of your damage and any noticeable physical injuries.
Call the police and file a police report about your hit-and-run accident. Give the police as much information as you can about the other vehicle, as well as information about your vehicle as well as the date, time and facts about the accident (do not point fingers; just state what happened). When possible, try to get witness statements and add them to the report.
Next, get medical attention. If you file a claim before you know the extent of your injuries, the insurance company will attempt to settle for less money if your injuries are believed to be minor or you do not get checked out within 12 hours of the accident. Some injuries may not manifest for a couple days or more, but they can be observed early on. Make notes of all the injuries that are observed and get treated.
Make the Call
Once you have been checked out and you have the police report and information about the other vehicle, contact your insurance company and a quality Memphis personal-injury attorney. With the insurance company, provide information about the accident, your known injuries, information about the other vehicle and state only the facts of the accident. Then, give much of the same information to the attorney when you meet, and allow for a thorough investigation of the accident and let the attorney work with the insurance company and the police to locate the other driver and protect your right to be compensated for your injuries.
If you have been involved in a hit and run car accident and you suffered an injury, whether mild or severe, contact Memphis Law Firm today. Our team of experienced attorneys and professionals will assess the damages and get you the compensation package you deserve.