When a driver is involved in a wreck causing property damage or injuries, the driver is legally required to stay at the accident scene and exchange information with the other parties. However, some drivers ignore this law and flee the scene. Some people leave the scene of an accident in an effort to evade financial responsibility. Others hope to avoid interacting with police because they do not have a valid driver’s license or have a warrant out for their arrest. Whatever the reason, being the victim of a hit and run is traumatic and complicated. If you or a loved one were injured in a hit and run, here is what to do next:
Call the Police and Obtain Witness Information
It is important to call the police immediately after any car crash – especially a hit and run accident. The police can make a formal report of the accident and begin searching for the culprit. Sometimes police may be able to catch the at-fault driver and bring him or her to justice. Unfortunately, sometimes hit and run offenders are able to speed off and avoid liability for the crash.
Eyewitnesses to the crash can be valuable sources of evidence and testimony. If possible, get witnesses’ contact information. This will allow you to contact witnesses later and obtain their account of what happened.
Get Evaluated by a Medical Professional
Car crashes put a tremendous amount of force on victims’ bodies. Anyone involved in a serious accident should get evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. In a traumatic event like a wreck, adrenaline and other “fight or flight” hormones can mask the sensation of pain. You may be more injured than you realize. Go to your doctor or the emergency room to start receiving any necessary medical care. Getting medical care right away also creates a formal record of your injuries. Medical records are a crucial piece of evidence in an insurance claim or personal injury claim.
Work With a Skilled Attorney
If you were hurt in a hit and run, do not lose hope. You may still be entitled to compensation for your vehicle repair costs, medical expenses, and other financial losses. Even if the at-fault driver is never found, you may be able to seek compensation through your own insurance company. A knowledgeable attorney will help you file a claim and fight to get the compensation you deserve.
Contact a New Braunfels Car Crash Lawyer
If you or a loved one were the victim of a hit and run, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm for help. New Braunfels personal injury attorney James S. Bettersworth can protect our rights and provide skilled legal guidance throughout the case. Call 830-443-9193 for a free, confidential consultation.