If you’ve ever been a victim of a hit-and-run accident, then you know very well how upsetting and stressful it can be when the driver of the other car leaves the scene of the accident, causing you to deal with the damages yourself. A “Hit and Run” occurs when a person is involved in a car accident and leaves the scene without identifying themselves. A hit and run doesn’t necessarily have to involved two cars. In fact, a hit and run can take place when a person hits a pedestrian, a fixed object, or even a parked car. It doesn’t matter if a person caused the accident or not. If they leave the scene without identifying themselves, the accident is considered a hit and run. In California and many other states, depending on the circumstances, hit and run is considered either a felony or a misdemeanor and both carry severe punishment and fines.
Fortunately, there are steps a person can take to help avoid the immense stress of being a victim of hit and run. As soon as an accident occurs, people are usually panicked, stressed, and, in some cases, a little angry.
- The best thing to do is to try and stay as calm as possible.
- Try to identify the make/model of the car that hit you.
- Most importantly, try to take down the license plate number of the car. (Even a partial is helpful)
- Write down the time and location of the accident.
- Take pictures of location and of your car. (Take close picture of any paint from the other car that is on your car)
By collecting this information, the police will have a really good chance of catching the person who crashed into you. It is just as important to take down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. Having witnesses support your will help you prove that the other driver left the scene after the crash, which is important to prove to your insurance company that you’re not trying to commit fraud.
If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run or an auto accident and are seeking damages, call One Law Group in Beverly Hills at (844) 626-1529 to schedule an appointment today. We have helped hundreds of people recover damages for the injuries they suffered from an auto accident. Call the personal injury attorneys at One Law Group today!