What to do After you have Been Involved in a Hit and Run

What to do After you have Been Involved in a Hit and Run

Steps to take after a Hit & Run

Being involved in a hit-and-run in Salt Lake City can be quite unsettling. What do you do? Who do you talk to? Do you need a lawyer? These may be questions you may have for yourself, and most people don’t know what to do during this confusing and upsetting time.  There are many different hit and run cases that can arise.  Perhaps you parked your car overnight only to find in the morning that it has been smashed with no one else around.  In other cases you could be driving and someone hits into you and speeds.  The good news is that we know, and we are here to help. Below are a few tips that can help you understand what to do if you are involved in a hit-and-run car accident.

Call the Authorities

Regardless of the situation it is vital to get police involved, especially if you are the victim of a hit and run situation.  This is an important step to hopefully capture the responsible party, but also to establish evidence that could help a property or personal injury claim.  Even if you think that an accident may have been your fault, it is important to call the police as the evidence they gather can help to establish where you stand in the eyes of the law.  Above all however having police can help reduce the risk to your safety and the safety of those around you.  A car accident is an unsettling thing to go through and you never know how the other party involved in a vehicle collision might act.  Although you can always call 911, here is a list of police department phone numbers to keep handy.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you don’t feel like it is an emergency, you should still get a medical evaluation. If you have any injuries make sure to share them with your medical provider. If you fail to do so, you could potentially hinder your personal injury claim.  Remember personal property and other items can be replaced, a person’s life and well-being cannot.  Even a minor fender bender can lead to undiagnosed whiplash that can have serious impacts on your health if no property diagnosed and treated.

Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer

In almost every car accident situation insurance companies are going to be involved.  It is in your best interest to work with someone who can represent your best interests when dealing with insurance companies.  This is true even if you are communicating with your own auto insurance and have always had a good history working with them.  Remember that even if you cannot identify the opposing driver, you may have your deductible waived by your insurance company to help with vehicle repair and medical bills.  If you have been a victim of a hit and run accident that has damaged your property or has left you injured consider calling The Law Office of Roberto Hernandez today.

 

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