Nobody ever plans to be the victim in a hit-and-run. Many people find it difficult to know what to do when this happens. We will be covering the three most important steps you should take in case you are the victim. These steps will increase your chances of obtaining financial compensation.
You Have 24 Hours to File a Police Report
If you get hurt in a car accident, your car is damaged or destroyed. The at-fault driver may flee before you can identify them. In order to file a claim for an uninsured motorist, insurance policies require that you report the accident to the police within 24 hours.
Document the Hit and Run the Incident
You can document the accident scene in these ways:
- Take photos or videos of any injuries that you might have.
- Take a photo or video of any damage to your vehicle.
If possible, note the make and model of the car, as well as the license number, and the description of the fleeing driver.
Identify Eyewitnesses to Hit and Run
If possible, obtain security footage from nearby establishments. Collect the pieces of the vehicle that was damaged in an accident. You must prove that there was no contact with the hit-and-run vehicle. Insurance companies won’t accept any evidence that is not from the uninsured motorist. You will need to provide proof, and documentation is crucial.
This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is a St Petersburg personal injury lawyer. She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injuries. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations, or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your situation.
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