If the negligent driver is not apprehended, it will be difficult to make a claim with the driver’s insurance company. However, you can still claim damages with your insurance company. The type of insurance policy you have is important. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, it may cover you for the damage you suffered in a hit and run accident.
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In order to help prove the fault of the hit and run driver, make sure that you:
- Contact the police so that a report of the accident can be filed
- Get the names and telephone numbers of witnesses. Witnesses to the accident can provide valuable information to help determine who was at fault in a hit and run crash.
- Take photos of the damages to your car, as well as the crash scene in general, including any skid marks
- Speak to a skilled hit and run accident lawyer as soon as possible so that evidence of the scene and of the automobile damage can be preserved as soon as possible
Remain at the scene of the crash, get medical help and gather as much information as you can. This will help the police and your car insurance company identify the other vehicle. Get the contact information of any witnesses. If the driver of the other vehicle is not found or apprehended, your uninsured motorist coverage may cover the damage in a hit and run.
In cases like these, an attorney will know when to give up on waiting and help you file a claim with your own insurance company to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. The type of insurance you have is important. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, it may cover the damage you may have suffered in a hit and run accident.
The first thing you need to do after a hit & and run accident is to stay calm and call 911 to get immediate medical attention. Next, call the police and report the accident. After that, do the following:
- Get any details you can get regarding the driver and/or his vehicle, anything that you can remember.
- Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the surrounding area.
- Record the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.