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What Should I Do After a Hit and Run Accident?

Accidents are often traumatic experiences and, if the at-fault party flees the scene, it can be even more frustrating. While many of us know what to do after being involved in a car accident, some of us are less familiar with the steps we should take after being involved in a hit and run accident. Some of the steps are, in many ways, alike, despite the added complications. If you were injured in a hit and run accident, it is also imperative that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your case.

Be prepared and familiarize yourself with the actions you should take in the event of a hit and run accident:

  • Regardless if someone was injured or not, dial 911 to report the incident. Write down as many details as you can remember regarding the vehicle that hit you, including the model, make, and color of it. If you have part or all of its license plate number, write it down before you forget. This is all critical information that you will want the law enforcement to record on the police report.
  • Were there any witnesses? Take a look around and ask if anyone in the vicinity witnessed the accident. If you are able to find witnesses, write down their contact information. The police officer who arrives at the scene and your insurance company will need to be able to reach them, so this is a vital piece of information.
  • Just as you would take pictures after any other motor vehicle accident, you should take pictures after a hit and run accident. Take pictures of the damage done to your vehicle, any visible injuries, or even areas where paint from the other vehicle transferred onto yours.
  • If you failed to call law enforcement to the scene of the accident, make sure you report the hit and run to law enforcement within 24 hours. Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime, so do not just assume there is nothing you can do about it. If the officer tells you that the damage you sustained is too minor and does not warrant a report, ask for his or her name and badge number, so your insurance company is able to follow up. If the accident goes unreported, it might be considered a not-at-fault loss and you might end up feeling the impact on your car insurance’s premium. Why pay for someone else’s mistake?

Remember, making an insurance claim after a driver damages your vehicle in a hit and run accident will not affect your premium if you report it to the police and to your insurance company. Follow these steps and you should be able to avoid having to foot the bill yourself.

Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Odessa

If you were injured in a hit and run accident, you must obtain skilled legal representation to help ensure that the claims process goes smoothly and you are able to be compensated for your injuries. At Dean Law Firm in Odessa, our experienced personal injury attorneys are prepared to fight on your behalf.

Get started today and contact our legal team at (432) 214-8125 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.