A hit and run car accident can be terrible for the victims of these crimes. National government statistics indicate that approximately 9% of all vehicle accidents are hit and run car accidents. This equates to nearly 575,000 hit and run car accident cases each year in the United States. The government also reports that the hit and run car accident rate has increased by fifteen percent since 1998 nationwide.
A hit and run car accident is defined as a party’s failure to stop at the accident scene after an auto accident. When a person is involved in a hit and run car accident, they are required by law to stop and exchange pertinent information with all other involved parties. If a hit and run car accident occurs and there are no witnesses present, the person is required to stop and leave a note including all relevant information.
If you find yourself the victim of a hit and run car accident, it is important to know what to do in order to protect your interests. Immediately following a hit and run car accident it is important to assess any physical injury that may have been caused in the accident. The police should be called to the scene immediately. All known information about the hit and run car driver and the car should be written down and included in the police report. All witnesses to the hit and run car accident should be identified and asked to report any helpful information they can provide.
After a hit and run car accident the victim may be faced with physical and/or property damage losses. These may or may not be covered by a hit and run car accident victim’s insurance company (under what is called uninsured motorist coverage). Many insurance policies do have coverage for hit and run car accident losses and it is important to know whether or not your policy includes these types of accidents.
If you have been involved in a hit and run car accident, an attorney can advise you of how to proceed in order to protect and maximize your legal rights and interests.