Sadly, the world is not filled with all good people. Every now and then, there are a few bad apples who think they can collide with another person’s vehicle and get away with it. The attorneys at The Levin Firm have helped many clients recover from hit and run accidents. Here are a few helpful tips who individuals who have been involved in a hit and run accident:
Stay Put and Remain Calm. The first thing someone might do when they realize that the individual who hit them is attempting to flee is to chase after the other driver. This will not be helpful and can be dangerous. Instead, the person who has been should remain calm and immediately center their focus on the other vehicle. Try to remember everything about it, the make, model, color, and if possible, the first few digits of the license plate number. It would also be helpful to make a mental note of any distinctive characteristics such as whether the vehicle has any noticeable dents or bumper stickers that would set it apart from other vehicles.
Call the Police. After making a mental note of everything previously mentioned, call the police and report the incident. Make sure to give the police officer any information you may be able to recall about the other vehicle(s) involved as well as a description of what the driver looked like.
Look around for Witnesses. Chances are someone else witnessed the hit and run incident. Flag that person down and see if they would be willing to give a statement as a witness in your case. In some circumstances, this can be very helpful. Third-parties who were witnessing the hit and run occur as it transpired may have a completely different perspective than the injured victim.
Pay Attention to Surroundings. In today’s modern age, many storefronts and intersections are equipped with video cameras. If the accident occurred in a shopping center, for instance, look around to see if any stores make use of video cameras outside their store fronts. Look up to see if the parking lot has cameras. If the accident occurred at a stoplight, see if there are any red-light cameras equipped. In many circumstances, it may be possible to obtain this footage and identify the driver involved.
Document Damages. Take high-resolution pictures of the damage done to your vehicle. If you are in pain, seek out medical attention immediately. Keep records of any medical expenses incurred as a result of the injuries.
Contact a Lawyer. Many think the next step is to contact his or her insurance company. This is not necessarily true. An insurance company may not always have the insured’s best interest in mind. It is important to have a lawyer read over your insurance policy first to determine how to go about speaking with the insurance company.
Contacting the Insurance Company. If you do not decide to hire an attorney to represent you, then you will need to file a claim with the insurance company. Your policy may allow for what is called “uninsured motorist” coverage which can cover damages incurred from a hit and run incident.
Hit and run accidents can be traumatic and stressful. If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident in Philadelphia, Norristown, Feasterville, or the surrounding areas, contact the competent car accident attorneys of The Levin Firm today at 215-825-51583 to discuss your potential claim.
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