By its very nature, a hit and run accident is a bewildering experience. Following a hit and run, victims and witnesses can be critically injured, or at best, confused and terrified. Knowing what to do before an accident even occurs can safeguard your rights and help law enforcement track down the culprit, and working with a Longmont hit and run attorney if you get hurt can make all the difference in your outcome.
Speak with others who witnessed the accident and exchange information with them. The more details you can get, the better the odds are of the police finding the hit and run offender. Eye witness accounts can also help when the time comes for your insurance company to make a determination concerning your claim.
Following a hit and run, your memory of the accident will not be as clear as you may think. Getting pictures of your vehicle and the accident scene will help clarify any details where witnesses’ accounts conflict or any facts that you don’t remember vividly. And again, pictures may be useful to your insurance company.
After a hit and run, you may be so angry that you are tempted to chase down the other driver. However, the smart and safe thing to do is call the police and file an accident report. Also, give the police the contact information for any additional witnesses. They may be able to use this information to catch the hit and run driver.
Leaving the scene of a hit and run accident for drivers can result in license revocation, fines, or, in some cases, jail time. Passengers and witnesses, however, are free to leave the scene at any time without fear of legal repercussions. Therefore, identifying as many witnesses as quickly as possible could serve to help complete your accident report and find the at-fault driver.
If you are quick enough to see the license plate number of the hit and run motorist, or notice what type of vehicle, or in which direction they left, that information could go a long way toward helping police apprehend the motorist. Using the voice recorder on your phone is a handy way to quickly make these important notes.
Being the victim of, or even a witness to, a hit and run accident can be a frightening and stressful experience. Knowing ahead of time what steps to follow will help you stay in control of the situation as much as possible.
If you have been injured in a hit and run accident in Longmont, you need a law firm on your side with the experience and resources needed to handle these complex cases. Contact the Longmont personal injury law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.
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