A hit and run accident occurs when a driver leaves the scene of a crash without stopping and providing proper identification. Being the victim of a hit and run car accident can be a terribly scary and overwhelming experience. You are literally left alone at the scene of a crash, injured, and wondering what to do next. At this time, it is most important to stay as calm as possible.
Try and gather as much evidence as possible. Make note anything you can remember about the vehicle that hit you, including:
- Vehicle make, model, and color
- Bumper stickers
- Differentiating marks on the vehicle such as dents, scratches, or customization
- Appearance of the driver
Call 911 right away and relay all of this to police when they arrive. Provide as much detail regarding the circumstances of the accident as possible. Take pictures at the scene and make note of any witnesses and get their contact information as possible.
After the car accident, seek medical attention and get follow up care as necessary. Keep track of your bills and treatments you receive. Additionally, save any notes about any repairs you needed to fix your vehicle. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. If law enforcement is unable to find the other vehicle, your insurance can help cover your expenses relating to the crash. Some type of insurance cover hit and runs. This includes collision and MedPay. Collision will help you with the damage to your car and MedPay will help you cover the cost of medical treatment.
If the identity of the other driver is not discovered, you can make a claim against your uninsured motorist coverage (UM) to help you with bodily injury sustained in the accident. However, you may not have elected to carry UM coverage and, if this is the case, UM coverage would not be available to you.
If the driver is found but is uninsured, your UM coverage will still apply, if you carry UM coverage on your auto insurance policy. If the identity of the driver is discovered and they have valid insurance, you can make a claim against his or her liability coverage. While California law requires drivers to carry liability coverage, some drivers still elect to drive without insurance coverage.
Being left injured and alone at the scene of an accident is a trauma we would hope no one would have to go through. Your first priority should always be to seek the medical treatment you need for your injuries. Your health is the most important thing to look after. As personal injury attorneys, we take on the legal fights so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Let us help you recover the compensation you deserve. After being injured in a hit and run car accident, you have a lot on your plate. It can completely turn your life upside down. We are here for you when you need us the most. Contact us today.