You are driving down the highway in Salt Lake City, when suddenly, the vehicle next to you starts to merge directly into your lane. You know that they are going to cause a car accident, and you know you’re going to have to call your lawyer. Their vehicle hits yours, as you panic and slam on your breaks; then before you can even process what has happened, you see them speed off into traffic.
Hit and Run
This is an example of a hit and run accident. An auto accident in which the other party involved leaves the scene without stopping can be puzzling. If your vehicle is hit and you are left behind, you may feel overwhelmed and not know what to do next. There are a few important steps to take after you are involved in a hit and run.
Report the Accident
As soon as you pull over to the side of the road, it is important to report the auto accident. Call the police immediately. This helps the police begin their search for the vehicle that fled the scene. This is also beneficial to your insurance claim, because you will have filed a police report. Your lawyer may also be able to help your case with the more information they have.
Also, remember to also report the accident to your insurance as well. At the scene of the accident, do your best to collect as much information as possible. If you were able to catch a glance at the other vehicle, record information about it such as the make, model and color. Also note the time, location and direction in which the accident took place. This will benefit you greatly and help the attorney whom is representing you during your case.
If any witnesses are available, this can greatly help your case. Witness reports can give validation in the claim to your insurance. In the instance that you have difficulty with insurance and need to seek legal action, witnesses will be a great benefit to you and your lawyer. Be sure to get the names and contact information of your witnesses in case you need them later on in your case. If you have been involved in a hit and run auto accident, contact our attorney team at Robert J. DeBry and Associates.