What if the at-fault driver fled after the accident?
In most states in United States has law that protects traffic crash victims from at-fault drivers who flee from the scene of the said accident where victims are left confused and unprovided with information and uncovered medical and property expenses. According to police, this act is also considered as hit and run and according to law, hit and run is illegal and must be pursued for the victims to be given a chance to exchange information with the at-fault and the at-fault should cover the victims' medical coverage until recuperated meaning that hit and run laws function as preventing an at-fault from escaping liabilities dealt from the crash.
Despite the daunting of these hit and run accidents by law, there are still numerous cases recorded every year as it averages 682,000 hit and run crashes happen every year over the last 10 years, with 737,100 occurred in 2015 which is said the highest according to General Estimates System (GES). This happens because at-fault drivers can conveniently drive away and avoid liabilities and it may be because of the shock that has been stricken to them and fear from being arrested and pay huge amount of money for such offense.
Despite these almost unstoppable occurences, there are ways and steps for the victim driver to maneuver his way to justice which will be the main point of this blog.
Contact the police
Forget chasing the at-fault driver and focus on the situation you are in and call the police for better response on the traffic crash. Investigation officers may able to locate the at-fault party who have just fled through footages from local government and businesses and you can properly file for a police report which helps you as the case progress and may give you instant settlement pay at correct value for reporting immediately. Police are likely to pursue these type of behavior as leaving the victim following a car crash is illegal in almost every state even if the damages are at minimum.
Immediately try to get identifying information by remembering what has escalated before and during the scene
During the accident, the victim's adrenaline will start to fade and would likely to start to be confused and there are chances that they may not remember what happen so before it happens immediately gather as accurate as possible information from the scene and the car of the at-fault driver and his tags. It is critical to get information from the at-fault as they are essential in filing for a police report especially the license plate number, if not managable, narrate the year model, color, and maker of the car and other smaller details.
Remember how the scene escalated can help you support your claim and align investigators' finding too and depending upon the type of accident the police distinguishes, it may increase the value of your claim too.
Gather witnesses and proofs
If the accident occurred in down town, you can gather potential witnesses to speak up for you during filing of police report as they may saw how the driver left the scene or how did he ever react following the accident. Immediately get their names and contact information as they may provide more as the case progresses. If there are no witnesses, you can take pictures of significant information such as the road of accident, your car, injuries, and apparent damages dealt to you.
Call our Injury Lawyer
If ever one of your family members or closests friend has been involved in a road accident or have developed a condition who have sustained either minor or significant injuries and even a possible disability because of the at-fault that has shown apparent negligence and recklessness and caused an accident and render the victim to have life-threatening injuries and condition, you can always refer help from a professional experienced injury lawyer to smoothen things out as your hired lawyers can help you decide from their factual and legal advices.
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