By andersonthomas2736, Aug 3 2016 06:49PM
Hit and run accidents are increasing in major cities and the fatalities are on the rise nationally. Crash information from NHTSA reveals that the fatal hit and run incidents are trending upwards, which represents a 13.7% increase over a three-year period. With such alarming statistics, there is a need for preventive measures alongside educating hit and run victims on what to do after the accident. In this post, we are going to focus specifically on what a hit and run victim should know after the accident.
Stay on the Scene
It is common sense and responsibility to stay on the scene in case you are hit by a vehicle. Though emotions may be high at this time, it is wise to remain at the scene and provide crucial information even if you are not injured. It’s also a good idea to stay on the scene and give assistance to those injured in the accident. Don’t chase the car that has hit you. This may expose yourself and others to greater risks.
Call for Help
For most victims, their first reaction to a hit and run accident will be panic and maybe anger. Before you dwell on such emotions, call for help. Use the 911 or any other hotline to each to law enforcement agencies as well as emergency service providers. Make sure you give clear details about the location of the accident. When someone calls for help after a hit and run, he or she makes it possible for the relevant authorities to document the event. Such documents are very crucial in case the victim decides to file a lawsuit.
Try and Identify the Other Car
Try and identify the other car if possible. While you identify the other car or driver, make sure you jot down the make and model of the car. If you can spot the license plate, write it down too. Don’t forget about the description of the driver. The information about the car will make it easier for the law enforcement department to track it down and arrest the driver. The emergency service provider or insurance company might also need information about the driver and the car. However, don’t be in a hurry to record the information of the other car if you can't. It is possible the authorities will track it down in no time.
Don’t underestimate the power of witnesses in a hit and run accident. Witnesses can be very valuable sources when you want to prove the circumstances that led up to the accident and conditions that surrounded the event. Witnesses may confirm the details and even give crucial information you didn’t know. Ask any witness willing to assist to provide their name and contact information.
Contact an Attorney
It may be in your best interest to contact a car accident lawyer DC trusts immediately after the accident. Contacting an attorney may be the first step in getting the compensation you deserve, while also giving you peace of mind that your case is being handled by a professional. If the insurance company fails to cooperate, an attorney can help negotiate for a higher compensation settlement or even file a lawsuit and fight for your rights in court. He or she may also be able to effectively gather crucial evidence and possibly help identify the hit and run driver. Most lawyers provide free consultation for personal injury cases, so contacting one can be an easy first step in getting the compensation you deserve.
Thanks to our friends and co-contributors at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their added insight into hit and run cases.