The Driver Left the Scene of the Accident: What’s Should I Do Now?
- October 29, 2019
- Joshua Estes
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Hit and run accidents are a criminal offense that can lead to legal troubles, ranging from a misdemeanor charge to serious jail time—depending on the damage, injury or death caused. Leaving the scene of the crime is a common occurrence in roadside and traffic accidents. Drivers speed away from the crime scene due to reasons such as driving with an expired license or driving under the influence.
If you’ve just been involved in a car accident where the other party drove away without sharing insurance information or contact details, here’s what you need to do next!
Dealing with a Hit and Run
The first thing that you should do when involved in a hit and run is DON’T CHASE AFTER THE DRIVER. You may feel like you can catch-up and confront the driver on your own, but it can get you in legal trouble. Not only you can get pulled over for over-speeding while chasing, you may face charges if the confrontation with the other driver gets physical and more people are hurt.
Here are five things you SHOULD do when dealing with a runaway driver.
- Given that you’re able to, call 911 immediately and wait for the police to arrive.
- If there are other people with you in the car, check up on them and see if you or any of them need medical attention. Call an ambulance if someone has suffered an injury.
- Whether your car was parked or on the road, there’d be a number of witnesses around. Ask them to wait until the police arrive and take a statement. If they have to leave, exchange contact information, so that the authorities can reach out to them later to verify the facts.
- Get in touch with your insurance company if your car needs any repairs or suffered extensive damage.
- Once you have collected yourself and given your statement to the police, call a personal injury lawyer.
While there are a number of ways to prevent accidents, there’s little you can do after it has happened. At this point, your focus should be on recovering the damages sustained by your vehicle and your body. Medical expenses and repair costs can leave you with hefty bills; however, with our help, you get the compensation for both personal injury and car repairs.