A motor vehicle accident where one person involved in the crash does not stop to exchange information with the other accident victim is called a “hit and run” accident. Hit and run accident victims can have a hard time collecting damages for their injuries and compensation for any property damage done to their vehicles. A “hit and run” accident is a crime committed by the fleeing driver.
A driver may choose not to stop after being involved in a car accident for different reasons. The driver may be driving without auto insurance or a driver’s license, or there may be an outstanding warrant for the driver’s arrest. There is never a good reason for not stopping after being involved in a car accident. A hit and run driver, if apprehended and arrested, could face serious criminal penalties.
What to Do if You Are the Victim of a Hit and Run Accident
- If you are a hit and run accident victim, do not follow the reckless driver. He or she may be dangerous and should not be confronted alone.
- Call 911 immediately and tell the police what happened.
- Provide as many details as you can about the driver and the vehicle, including the license plate number.
- Collect information from witnesses and write down their contact information.
- If possible, preserve any evidence at the accident scene.
- Take photographs of the motor vehicle and accident site.
As a hit and run accident victim, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation from the negligent party for your injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, lost income, and other associated damages.
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