All too often, drivers who cause accidents simply leave the scene, for various reasons. The driver may be drunk, under the influence of drugs, driving without a driver’s license, or driving without insurance. In many cases, even in those involving catastrophic accidents, authorities are never able to find the driver who is responsible for the accident. If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, there are certain steps that you should take in order to safeguard your claim for damages if authorities ever are able to identify the responsible driver.
Whether a hit-and-run accident involves bodily injury or just property damages, you always should make an accident report with local law enforcement authorities for insurance purposes. You should contact law enforcement while still at the scene of the accident so that they can document all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident. It is generally much easier to identify witnesses and document events shortly after they occur, rather than several months later, when memories are likely to have faded. In some cases, a criminal investigation or investigation by your personal injury lawyer may lead to the individual who is responsible for your damages. Therefore, you need to be prepared to make the strongest claim possible, even if you are unsure as to whether the driver ever will be identified.
Above all, you should not take matters into your own hands and attempt to chase the hit-and-run driver. This could be dangerous and result in further property damage or injuries. Furthermore, you may compromise any claim for damages that you might have by leaving the accident scene and moving your vehicle. It is much more difficult to reconstruct an accident after the fact than it is to accurately document it right after it happens. Nonetheless, you should try and get as accurate a description of the vehicle and/or driver as possible by writing down this information, to the extent that you are able to do so, directly following the accident.
Whether your injuries result from a hit-and-run crash, a drunk driving accident, or an incident caused by another type of negligent behavior by another driver, the Madison car accident lawyers of Boller & Vaughan know how to effectively represent your interests. We will determine whether a personal injury claim is available to you, and help you choose the best course of action for you and your family to get compensation for your losses. Contact our office today and get a better understanding about how our attorneys can help ensure that you obtain the maximum compensation that is possible in your case.