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If I Am A Victim Of A Hit And Run Driver, What Are My Legal Options
Hit and runs are considered crimes in most states. Victims of hit and runs have a number of legal options. There are a few basic steps that these victims must take in order to receive the compensation due to them.
In the event of a hit and run accident, it is important for the victim to remember as many details as possible. This can be very difficult, especially if the circumstances are such that they include severe or life-threatening injuries. However, this step can be vital in tracking down the offending driver later on.
Details, such as car make and model, color, and a description of the driver, are important; remembering some or all of the digits on the license plate and noticing any bumper stickers, body work, or other unique details of the vehicle can also help law enforcement locate the vehicle after the incident. Remember, any information you can give about the hit and run driver will help the authorities find the driver.
Obtaining a Police Report
Call the police. Filing a police report is an absolute must. Without a proper, timely police report, the victim will be unable to take any further steps.
Seek Prompt Medical Attention
After law enforcement has been notified, seek immediate medical attention. Proper and prompt medical attention will make recuperation and healing much easier. Comprehensive documentation, including photographs, of all injuries resulting from a hit and run driver will clearly establish injuries that were directly caused by the accident and the driver that got away, making the creation of a case much easier.
Document, Document, Document!
Once healthy enough and as soon as possible, document any property damage that occurred as a result of the hit and run. Exterior body damage of a vehicle or a bicycle is the most common example of property damage as a result of a hit and run. The more pictures, the better.
Lastly, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can help victims of hit and run drivers a great deal. They can help investigators and law enforcement in locating the driver, help handle inquiries from insurance companies, and give valuable advice on how to handle complicated situations, such as deciding whether or not to file a claim in court.
While being the victim of a hit and run may initially seem like a hopeless situation, remember a few clear steps and asking for help will put a victim in the best position they can be in when dealing with their accident.