Car accidents happen all the time. When they do, responsible motorists stop, assess the damages, call 911 and follow the due process to resolve the matter. But what happens when you are involved in a hit-and-run accident?
A hit-and-run accident happens when one party in the accident (usually the at-fault party) deliberately flees the scene without providing assistance or information about themselves to the other party. Here are three important steps you need to take if you are involved in this kind of accident.
Look out for injuries
Moments following a car accident can be quite frightening. However, it is important that you assess yourself and find out if you or anyone requires immediate medical attention. If you or any of your passengers is hurt, be sure to call 911 so they can dispatch emergency services right away.
Gather your evidence
Most often, the police will not catch up with the hit-and-run driver. However, you can help trace them by noting down crucial information while your memory is still fresh. Some of the information you need to note include the car make and model, color as well as license plate. If you can, be sure to take a photograph of the vehicle. Take photos of the damages to your car as well. And if there are witnesses to the accident, be sure to take their statements as well.
Call the police
It is important that you call the police to the accident scene right away. In fact, California law requires that you report a car accident that results in property damage that exceeds $1,000, personal injury or death. The resulting police report will play an important role when litigating your car accident case. So be sure to obtain its copy.
Being involved in a car accident is stressful enough. And if the accident in question is a hit-and-run, you can feel totally helpless. Find out your legal options when dealing with a hit-and-run situation.