Hit and Run Accidents – Do’s and Don’ts

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Hit and run accidents can be especially traumatic. You deserve to receive the right compensation for your injuries and damages.

A car accident is an unfortunate incident and it is further complicated when you have been hit and the other driver speeds away. The most important thing in such a case is to remain calm and call for help. There are certain steps to follow if you have been involved in a hit and run accident.

Never Pursue a Hit and Run Driver

Why does someone flee from an accident site? The first and foremost reason may be that the person is at fault and is trying to avoid the consequences. Other reasons may be that the driver is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, does not have a valid driver’s license, does not have insurance, or already has outstanding arrest warrants.

It should be understood that leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. If you have been hit and the driver speeds away, you should never try to pursue the car. Instead, note down the license plate number and call 911 for help. Never put yourself in harm’s way by giving pursuit to a hit and run driver.

Assessing the Damage

The next step is to assess yourself and any passengers of personal injury. If medical personnel are called to the accident, allow them to carry out an examination of your injuries and receive treatment for the any injuries you have sustained. Give as many details to the police and ask for a copy of the police report.

As soon as possible after the accident, contact your insurance company and inform them about the accident. There may be a specific time limit mentioned in your insurance policy within which you have to inform the insurance company about the accident, so it is essential that you call your insurance company at the first available opportunity. In case you have an extended hospital stay, it is better that you ask a friend or family member to call your insurance company on your behalf.

Filing a Claim For Damages

You may need to file a claim for damages to receive compensation for any medical expenses due to personal injury and damages to your vehicle. Hit and run cases are generally covered under the Uninsured Motorist Coverage of your insurance policy; however, receiving compensation may be tricky. You may need the assistance of a St. Louis car accident attorney to help you receive a fair settlement. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, call Zevan and Davidson Law Firm at (314) 588-7200.

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If you have been wrongfully injured as a result of personal injury, contact our legal team right away. Waiting to seek legal representation can prevent you from filing a claim and receiving the compensation you deserve.


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