Car accidents inevitably cause stress for all parties involved, but being the victim of a hit and run accident significantly complicates matters. A hit and run incident entails the illegal and intentional departure of a car from the vicinity of an accident in which it was involved. Contrary to most car crashes, a critical missing component in hit and run accidents is the identification and contact information of the driver of the fleeing vehicle.
After the Hit and Run Accident
Following a hit and run accident, all relevant details pertaining to the accident need to be assessed and documented for legal and insurance purposes. The make and model of the hit and run vehicle and its license plate number provide a means to obtain the identification and whereabouts of the driver. Bystanders that witnessed the incident can possibly shed light on details that the victim may have missed during the accident. Photographs of the damages and location can play a role in proving the authenticity of the hit and run accident in the event that the insurance company suspects fraudulent behavior.
Filing an Accident Report
Typically, the uninjured party of an accident is obligated by law to notify authorities. If that party flees the vicinity, however, the victim or bystanders can alert the police as soon as possible. The victim can file an accident report and receive any necessary medical attention at that time. Any identifying information, names of witnesses, accident details, and photos should be included in the report. These serve as initial documentation of the accident for insurance claims or legal action that may be required.
Compensation for the Hit and Run Victim
The victim of a hit and run accident may be entitled to compensation. If the driver of the other vehicle is identified, the victim’s insurance company can contact the driver’s insurance company to file a claim.
If the hit and run driver is unidentified, a claim can be filed with the victim’s own insurance company. Uninsured motorist coverage oftentimes covers medical expenses and the cost of car repairs for the victim of a hit and run accident.
In the event that the hit and run driver has inadequate coverage, the victim can choose to take legal action to seek compensation for covering the cost of injuries and property damage.
All drivers assume the legal responsibility of remaining at the scene of an accident until contact information has been exchanged between the involved parties. If the hit and run victim decides to take legal action, a qualified attorney can represent the victim in order to seek punitive damages.
The professionals at Gladstein Law Firm have experience in handling the type of complications that often ensue in hit and run cases. If legal action is warranted, contact the attorneys at Gladstein Law Firm immediately for a free consultation and case review.