Hit and runs are not only illegal, but they are also extremely stressful. If someone crashes into your vehicle, you’re counting on them to do the right thing: provide you with the insurance information necessary in allowing you to recover your damages. Should the other party flee the scene, it can leave you stuck with massive repair bills and no way to pay them. Dealing with a hit and run is tough, but there are some things you can do in the immediate aftermath that may make the process a bit easier.
First, gather as much information at the scene as possible. Talk with anyone who witnessed the hit and run and see if someone caught the plate number. Call the police immediately and report the hit and run; provide the plate number and/or a description of the offending vehicle. If the police are alerted quickly enough they may catch the offender nearby. Work with the police to complete an accident report. Get written statements from witnesses that include contact information. Take as many pictures of the scene as possible.
Second, move your car somewhere safe if you can while you wait for the police. Under no circumstances should you attempt to chase the offending driver. Let the police handle the situation to prevent further damage from occurring, to protect yourself, and to ensure your case stays strong.
Finally, contact your insurance company and explain the incident to them. If you’ve been injured, now is a good time to contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who can help guide you through getting treatment and ensuring everything is documented properly. The more information and documentation you have, the better things will go for you should the offending driver be located (and the easier it will be if not).
The best defense against a hit and run is full-coverage auto insurance. Beyond that, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can assist you with your claims and the other things that need to be done in these difficult cases. For more information or to schedule a consultation with an experienced and reputable attorney at West Cost Trial Lawyers please visit www.westcoasttriallawyers.com or contact us at (888) 341-9802.