Most Important Steps to Take After a Hit and Run
Hit and run car accidents are frustrating and much more than an inconvenience. But, if you were injured in a hit and run, the aftermath can be devastating. If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, the most important things to remember are:
- Contact the police immediately
- Record important information from the accident scene
- Take photos and any possible videos for evidence
These simple, but helpful, tips could make the difference in winning or losing any future injury case. Let’s explore them in more detail.
Contact Police Immediately
Hit and run accidents often happen very quickly. Before you are able to get a license plate number, the at-fault person has sped off.
Regardless whether you are able to get identifying information, your very first thought should be to make sure all of the passengers in your car are safe. When that’s done, it’s very important to call the police and ask for an officer to be sent to the scene.
Having a police record of the hit and run accident will be very helpful to getting a recovery for any injuries you or your passengers suffered. The police accident report may sometimes be helpful to strengthen your hit and run case. The police officer will document details about the scene and may gather other important evidence.
Record Other Important Information
In addition to the police officer’s notes, you will also want to have your own written record about the accident. Sometimes, small details make all the difference in a case that goes to court.
Be sure to record specifics about the location, street names, and nearby landmarks. Any descriptions you can remember about the fleeing vehicle are also important.
If there were any witnesses or bystanders, this is a good time to get their contact information, including name, phone number, and email address.
Take Photos and/or Videos
With all of the chaos that occurs during a collision, many people forget to take photos of the scene and vehicle damage. Photos and videos are often important pieces of evidence for both settling out of court as well, as if your case goes to trial.
In addition to photos of vehicle damage and the scene, pictures of your injuries are also helpful to document your injuries. Taking photos of bruises, seat belt burns, etc., help to strengthen your case.
Virginia Hit and Run Lawyers Get You Justice
Dealing with a hit and run accident can be a traumatic experience. Going to doctors appointments and waiting for your injuries to heal can be expensive and frustrating.
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