You were making a quick stop at a local gas station when a driver pulled in and hit your car. Your airbags went off, and you hit your head. You look up to see that the driver is backing up, and you assume he or she is planning to park.
Suddenly, the driver speeds away. You’re in shock, so you call for help. You’ve just become a victim of a hit-and-run collision.
In situations like this, there are a few things you can do to make sure you can seek compensation from the negligent driver. First, you need to get the driver’s license plate number or be able to identify the make and model of the vehicle. When you call 911, you can inform the dispatcher about the vehicle and which way it was headed, which can help the police track the driver. If you have the license plate number, that can help the police find the driver as well.
Fortunately, if you’re in a location like a gas station, there may be cameras that recorded the incident. This could mean that even if you couldn’t get the license plate ID the cameras still caught it in its feed.
Next, make sure to get a medical checkup. You may feel that you don’t want to get medical help because of not knowing if you’ll be reimbursed, but your health comes first. If you have uninsured or underinsured driver insurance, then you can always file a claim through your own insurance. If you have health insurance, it may cover your medical care as well.
Your attorney can work with police to seek out compensation from the driver once he or she is found. That way, you can focus on recovering while your lawyer handles your legal matters. Our website has more on what steps you can take next.