State traffic laws require that any driver involved in an accident stop his or her car as soon as possible. Leaving the scene of an accident — also known as a hit and run — is a serious crime.
- First and foremost, make sure no one sustained an injury. If you or a passenger in your car did get hurt in the crash, have someone call 911 and request an ambulance as well as a police officer.
- If there were no immediate injuries, call the police. Do your best to describe what happened. Provide any details you can about the other driver’s car, such as make, color, or other distinguishing features.
- Did witnesses see the accident? Make sure to get information on what they saw. Perhaps one remembers a license plate number, or something that would make identifying the other person’s car easier.
- If possible, get the names, addresses and phone numbers of all witnesses.
As in any car accident, also keep in mind:
- You should always have your driver’s license, registration and insurance cards available.
- If your car was damaged, you should also contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- If your car was disabled, it will have to be towed. The police will likely help you call a tow truck and you may have to decide where your car should go.
You should also be aware that even if the other driver is never caught, there are often still ways to recover for your losses. Our office can help you get the compensation you need for your personal injury case, even if you're the victim of a hit and run.
Call us today at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Or you can click here to email us and schedule your free consultation.