Hit and run accidents are one of the worst things that a pedestrian or fellow automobile driver can experience. They are painful, laborious and difficult experiences to go through. Although the list of things that you must do after a hit and run is long, there are a few things that most would consider integral activities to perform post hit and run. This brief article will go over a few of the most important things to do after being the victim of a hit and run accident.
Remain As Calm As You Can
Although the experience of being a victim of a hit and run experience can certainly induce hysteria, you should try your best to remain as calm as you possibly can. This is the single most important piece of advice that you can be given post hit and run. If you are involved in a hit and run accident you should absolutely not let your hot headedness or anger get the best of you and attempt to track down the person involved in a hit and run accident. This can not only be dangerous, but can distract you from remembering important details of the accident.
The best thing you can do in an attempt to track down the person involved in the hit and run is to calmly, at least to the best of your abilities, ask nearby pedestrians if they happened to see the vehicle, any distinguishing marks on it and most importantly, its license plate number.
Call The Proper Authorities
Although you may be tempted to call a friend or loved one immediately after experiencing a hit and run accident, you should hold off for a moment and call the proper authorities while details of the experience are still fresh in your mind and the minds of any eye witnesses. The police should be alerted immediately, as well as an emergency service, if you feel any pain. Remember that sometimes the worst, most painful, and most deadly phenomenon can be caused by a car accident and are not immediately felt by the victim at the time of the accident itself.
Take Photos Of Damaged Property
After you file a police report and as other witnesses are filing out theirs, take the time to take photos of any property that may have been damaged in the hit and run, especially your car itself. This is so the images can be promptly given to your insurance company so that a damage claim can be filed. If you do wind up catching up with the person who was involved with the hit and run, remember that a claim should also be filed with his or her agency, if, in fact he or she has such an agency.
Contact An Attorney
A car accident lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible following a hit and run accident, usually after you have completed filing a police report. An attorney can guide you towards what form of legal recourse you can take, the best way that you can go about catching the person that was involved in the hit and run, how much you will be paying in legal fees, and what sort of water your case holds. After the police, an attorney is your absolute best friend if you are a victim of a hit and run accident.
The experience of being the victim of a hit and run accident can definitely be harrowing. However, it does not have to be the worst experience ever. This brief article has given you a bit of guidance on what to do if you have the misfortune of ever experiencing such an accident.