Hit and run accidents have steadily increased throughout the years across
the United States, rising by 37% since 2014, according to data compiled
by Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to
safe and healthy transportation. These accidents are often traumatic for
victims remaining at the scene who might feel helpless and stunned. Here
are some things you can do if you have been involved in a hit and run accident:
Obtain as much information as possible. This may be difficult, but if you are able, make a note of the driver’s
license plate number, the make, model, and color of the vehicle, any damage
the other vehicle may have sustained, the direction in which it was headed,
and any other pertinent details. Other helpful information includes a
description of the driver and any passengers and any identifying information
on the vehicle, such as stickers or a company logo. If there were witnesses,
ask them to provide any information you might not have been able to observe
or acquire on your own.
Immediately call the police and your insurance company. The police will be able to file an official accident report and use any
information you or witnesses can provide to try to find the missing driver.
The report will also be helpful for when you file your accident claim.
In fact, some insurance policies require you to promptly notify the police
of any hit and run accident; otherwise your claim may be denied.
Do NOT attempt to follow the driver. If you leave the scene, police might question who is at fault and you
will likely miss out on key eyewitness accounts if there were any bystanders.
It could also be potentially dangerous.
Whether a driver is responsible for an accident or not, it is illegal to
flee the scene of a
car accident. In accidents that result in injuries, property damage, or fatalities,
the consequences for fleeing are even more severe.
If you were involved in a hit and run accident, contact a skilled Washington,
DC attorney at Simeone & Miller, LLP as soon as possible. We believe
in your right to seek just compensation for your suffering.
Contact us today at (202) 888-0872 for a free consultation.