Steps to Take after a Hit and Run Accident
Hit and runs can be disorientating. In addition to suffering injuries in the crash, many motorists are outraged that the person who struck them did not even bother to stop and offer assistance.
Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime under Indiana law, but that hasn’t stopped countless motorists from stepping on the gas after crashing into someone. If you were hit by a driver, you might be entitled to compensation for injuries or damage to your vehicle. Follow the steps in this article to strengthen your claim.
Contact the Police
The police need to know about the accident as soon as possible. Prompt reporting goes a long way to establishing that you were really hit by someone else and didn’t drive your car into a tree based on your own negligence.
An officer can come to the scene of the accident and draft a police report, which will contain key information about the incident. Your insurer will probably want to see a copy, so be sure to ask for the report number.
Share as Much Information about the Driver as You Can
Police can use whatever information you have in their search for the hit and run driver. Share as much of the following as you know:
- A description of the vehicle
- The license plate number
- Where the vehicle was headed
- A description of the driver or passengers (if you saw any)
Admittedly, these accidents happen in a blur. You might not have seen anything, which is okay. Share whatever you know.
Speak to Witnesses
If you can move around after the accident, and if it is safe to do so, you should check with other witnesses nearby. They might have had a better view of the driver and/or the vehicle that struck you. They can also share information with the police.
If the person is leaving the scene, ask for their name and contact information. You can reach out to them later, if necessary.
Check for Surveillance Video
Many businesses have security cameras pointed toward the road. This video footage could be used to clearly identify the driver by capturing the license plate number, for example. Ideally, you should check as soon as possible before the store erases or tapes over its footage from the day of the accident.
Receive Medical Treatment
Quick treatment not only improves your chances of making a recovery, but you also document the severity of your injuries. Go to the doctor or hospital and tell them you were involved in a car crash. Remember to follow your doctor’s orders. If he recommends two weeks in bed, stay in bed. If you don’t, then you could be accused of contributing to your own injuries, which reduces the amount of compensation you can receive.
Speak to an Indianapolis Hit and Run Accident Attorney Today
At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our team has tackled many hit and run cases. Sometimes, the police find the driver, who we can sue. In other cases, we can make a claim on your uninsured motorist insurance policy.
To get started and discuss your options, contact our Indianapolis hit/run & uninsured driver accident lawyers today. We offer a free consultation.