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Steps to take after a hit-and-run accident

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2024 | Car Accidents

Hit-and-run accidents are unpredictable and often stressful for people impacted. While you may feel overwhelmed, there are some important steps you can take to stay safe and protect your rights.

Steps for immediately after the accident

First, ensure your safety and that of any passengers by moving to a secure location. Then, call 911 to report the accident. It’s a good idea to get a police report, even if the other driver has fled, as it forms the foundation of your legal action. If you were not able to get a police report, you can file a Kentucky Civilian Traffic Collision report if it has been 10 days or less since the accident.

Collecting evidence at the scene

While waiting for the police, gather as much evidence as you can. This includes photos of the scene, your vehicle, and any injuries. If there are witnesses, get their contact information and statements. You may also want to write down anything you remember about the other vehicle, such as make and model. This evidence can be invaluable in piecing together what happened and proving your case.

Notify your insurance company

Inform your insurance company about the hit-and-run as soon as possible. The specifics of what your insurance will cover depend on your policy, but filing an insurance claim is an important step toward figuring out what they will cover.

Understanding your rights

You may have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering associated with a hit-and-run accident. Knowing these rights can empower you to take the necessary steps toward recovery and justice.