What Can I Do if I’m Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?

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When you get into a car accident and someone else is to blame, you can often sue for compensation. How do you do that after a hit-and-run accident though? One driver fleeing the scene is sure to make matters more complex, but our Monmouth County car accident attorneys are ready to help you out. Here’s our advice for dealing with a hit-and-run accident and the aftermath.

What Actions Should I Take Immediately After a Hit-and-Run Accident?

You can do a few things to help the cops track down the other driver and gather some useful evidence for a personal injury case. You should:

Write down everything you can about the hit-and-run driver: The more details you have, the better. So note the color of the car and what kind of vehicle it is, and get the license plate number if possible. Also make sure to mention any kind of damage that can make it easier to identify the vehicle. If you got a look of the driver, be prepared to give a description of them too.

Call the police: The police can file an accident report. You can also tell them everything you remember about the other driver and their vehicle. They may be able to use that info to track down the hit-and-run driver.

Take photos: After a hit-and-run accident, you should get your car pulled over somewhere safe. Then take pictures of the accident scene and the damage to your vehicle. Insurance companies will want this later.

Get medical attention: Finally, you should get medical attention as soon as you can. Putting off treatment can make insurers doubt your claim and make it harder to secure the compensation you deserve.

Will the Cops Catch the Other Driver After a Hit-and-Run Accident?

If given enough information, cops can sometimes catch a driver who causes a hit-and-run accident. That’s why it’s important to try and remember everything that you can about the car and driver that hit you. Write everything down right after the crash, just so that you do not forget anything important.

It can be easier to catch the driver if there is video of the accident. This is why it’s a good idea to look around to see if anyone has a camera. If a business or residence has security cameras or a digital doorbell, they might have caught footage of the driver.

Can My Own Insurance Coverage Help After an Accident?

Even if the other driver is not found, you can submit a claim to your own insurer. Personal injury protection coverage can help you with your medical bills. Your uninsured motorist coverage may also pay out in a hit-and-run accident. If your insurance company is being stingy, a lawyer may be able to help you negotiate.

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If you have been hurt in any kind of accident, our lawyers are ready to help you. Contact our the Wilton Law Firm and schedule a consultation with our team. We can tell you more about how we’ve helped our clients fight for compensation.