If you’re the victim of a hit and run accident, you’re most likely dealing with an overabundance of emotion: anger, confusion, pain, and maybe more. You may be unclear how to move forward, or how to receive compensation for your damages and injuries. Like most vehicular accidents, there are steps you may take.
After a Hit and Run
Immediately following a hit and run accident, your first step is to phone the police. You may be incredibly stressed at the moment, but trying to remain calm and gather as much possible information is vital. If possible, speak with eyewitnesses who could identify the vehicle that struck you. Having information increases the chance of the police catching the individual, and helps the insurance company make a final decision.
Try to gather information about the vehicle, including:
- License plate number
If this isn’t possible, write down the time and location of the incident, take pictures of the scene and your vehicle.
Filing a Claim
If you can identify the individual who hit your car, you may be able to get the insurance company to file a claim with their provider. If they do not have insurance, you may try to receive money through an attorney and the legal system.
Alternatively, if you cannot identify the suspect, you may file a claim with your insurance provider for damages. In many states, insurance companies waive the deductible for a hit and run claim.
You may require legal assistance when it comes to filing. There is usually a load of paperwork and confusing jargon to sift through.
For more information regarding hit and run accidents in Texas, contact the Denton Car Accident Attorney at (972) 363-0046. We’re happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have!