What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

Hit and run accidents can add a lot of stress to someone’s life. These accidents can leave individuals with injuries that range from minor cuts to serious life-threatening injuries. Injuries can leave individuals with expensive medical bills and lost wages. Hit and run accidents occur more often than you might think. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that one hit and run accident occurs every 43 seconds in the United States. Furthermore, in 2015 there were a total of 737,100 hit and run accidents that occurred. These accidents can leave individuals feeling hopeless because they are left with property damages and injuries. It is important to understand what steps to take after being involved in a hit and run accident.

Contact Emergency Personnel

Directly after the accident occurs, you need to call 911 if you can. Once you know authorities are on the way, focus on getting yourself and anyone else out of harm’s way. Once the police show up, they will file a police report. This police report is a critical document to have when filing a claim. The police officer will write down their evaluation of the accident scene and give their opinion on what occurred at the time of the accident. Make sure you get a copy of the police report before they leave the scene. 

Document Everything At The Scene

While you are waiting for the police to arrive, start writing everything down exactly as you remember it. These hit and run accidents are traumatizing. It is easy to forget important details as time goes on so you want to write them down while they are fresh in your mind. You will also want to write down the other driver’s license plate number if you have time to see it. Write down any information you can about their car as well. This will help the police track this individual down later. 

Contact Your Insurance Company

Once you have documented everything and contacted the police, you will want to inform your insurance company. They need to be fully aware of what happened in the hit and run accident. The insurance company representative should talk to you about your coverage and help you understand what is covered during a hit and run accident. If they don’t help you with this, contact an attorney at ELG for assistance. They will be able to help you understand your insurance policy. 

Finding An Arizona Automobile Accident Attorney

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If you have sustained injuries in a hit and run accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to a car accident attorney in Phoenix. It can be a very confusing time for anyone involved. These accidents are very traumatic. The auto accident attorneys at ELG are experienced in dealing with victims of hit and run accidents. Contact our team of Phoenix attorneys to explore all of your legal options and set up a consultation. Call us today at either Phoenix or Mesa Arizona law offices at (623) 877-3600.