What to do After a Hit and Run Accident
Anytime there is a car accident, all parties involved are legally obligated to exchange contact and insurance information with one another, as well as notify the police. Leaving the scene of an accident in which you are involved is known as a "hit and run," and carries with it potentially serious civil and criminal penalties.
If you are the victim of a hit and run driver, make your best attempt to record the license plate number, and get a description of the vehicle, including make, model, color, and approximate year if possible. Report this information to law enforcement as soon as possible. Additionally, be prepared to give your location and the direction in which the hit and run vehicle was driving.
Remain calm and try to determine if anyone is injured. Get prompt medical attention for anyone who needs it. If someone is unconscious or is experiencing neck or back pain, don't attempt to move them. Wait for the paramedics or other qualified medical help. Only move accident victims who might be in further danger if left where they are.
If no one has been injured and if your vehicle can be driven safely, carefully move it out of traffic and to a safe area, such as a parking lot. If the vehicle cannot be moved, turn on your emergency flashers and set out flares to alert traffic. Be extremely careful when exiting your vehicle in traffic and do not exit your vehicle if you are uncertain of surrounding traffic. Try to avoid standing immediately between two involved vehicles.
Try to identify persons who might have witnessed the accident. Ask them what they saw, and get their names and contact information if possible.
While waiting for authorities to arrive, it's a good idea to take pictures of your vehicle and the accident scene, if you can safely. Photographs will help your adjuster better determine how much compensation you may be entitled to, and may help in court, if a lawsuit follows.
Next, contact your insurance agent to initiate the claims process and help arrange for a tow truck and a rental car if necessary. Give your agent the facts as clearly as you remember them.
Most importantly, never settle a claim until you're certain you will be compensated completely for your injuries and losses. Consult with an experienced attorney before signing any documents, or if you ever have a question concerning your next step.
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If you or someone you love has been the victim of a hit and run accident in Denver, the need for an experienced Denver car accident lawyer is paramount. Your attorney will need to work diligently to represent your interests and negotiate with your insurance company to obtain the money you need.