Any type of accident can be devastating, but a hit and run accident is even worse, because the person responsible has tried to escape accountability for his or her actions. While you might think things are hopeless, and that you won’t be able to make the responsible person pay, there are some things you can do afterward. Here are just a few.
Report the Accident
The first thing you need to do after a hit and run accident, of course, is to get medical attention for yourself or anyone else at the scene who may have been injured. If possible, the next step will be to report the accident to the police. Try to write everything down that you can remember – the color, make and model of the vehicle, the license plate number, a description of the driver, and anything else that could be of use by the authorities. The more details you can communicate to the police, the better the chances that the runaway driver will be caught.
Call a Lawyer
You should always have your lawyer’s number and other contact information handy should you ever need to speak with an attorney during an emergency situation. A lawyer will be able to help prepare you for the legal challenges you may encounter, and will work to help make sure you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.
Call Your Insurance Provider
The next step after a hit and run accident will be to call your insurance carrier to let them know what happened. Again, you will need to provide as many details you can regarding the accident, as well as the contact information of any witnesses you may have spoken with.
The attorneys with The Durham Firm may be able to help if you or a loved one suffers harm due to a hit and run accident. Contact us online or call (214) 222-4000 to learn more.