6 Things You Must Do After a Hit and Run Accident
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It is more difficult than ever before to get away with a hit and run. Most storefronts and commercial offices have camera surveillance to provide evidence of accidents. It is easy to quickly record damage of a vehicle and accident scene with a cell phone camera.
Despite these difficulties, hit and run accidents still happen, and they can lead to extensive physical and emotional burdens. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure the best possible recovery of your health and finances.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a skilled Colorado Springs personal injury attorney.
6 Steps to Take After A Hit and Run Accident
1. Pull Over Safely
Find a safe place to pull over immediately after the collision. Do not stop in a moving lane of a highway. It is of the utmost importance that you do not attempt to chase down the other driver, as this can only worsen the damage that has already occurred.
2. Seek Medical Treatment
Even if you feel that your injuries do not require immediate medical attention, it is extremely important to visit the emergency room or your primary care physician as quickly as possible. The shock and adrenaline may mask some of the symptoms of a serious injury. Your own health and well-being are paramount, and failing to address the direct health effects of an auto accident can lead to more severe problems in the future.
Furthermore, in the case that you decide to seek financial recovery for your injuries, it is important to establish a paper trail of medical records to prove the severity of your injuries. For example, if you wait two weeks after an accident to seek treatment for a cervical strain (whiplash), the insurance company you wish to recover from will use that information against you in order to prove that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
3. Record as Much Information as You Can
It can be very difficult to capture evidence after a hit and run accident. You’ve just gone through a traumatic accident and you are likely injured, while the other motorist is speeding away. Though it may not be possible to record everything, it’s important you try to document the following items to the best of your ability:
- Time and location of the accident
- Pictures of the accident scene, including any damage to your vehicle.
- Contact information of any witnesses on the scene
If the hit and run took place while you were not at your vehicle, take note of:
- Location of your vehicle
- Window of the time when the collision could have occurred
- Pictures of the damage, including any paint residue left behind from the other vehicle
4. Report the Incident to Police
Once you’ve taken all the possible notes you can about the accident, call the police and file a report of the incident. When the police arrive, they will ask you to complete an accident report with them, at which point you should include all available witnesses. For more information please see our guide on How to Get an Accident Report in Colorado Springs.
5. Find an Auto Accident Attorney
Contact an experienced car accident lawyer. Do a thorough search online and ask your family and friends if they would suggest someone. Make sure to properly vet any potential options and gather information about their reputation before making a decision. For more information please see our article How Do I Find a Personal Injury Lawyer?
6. Avoid Sharing on Social Media
If there is any evidence publicly available online to suggest that the accident was less severe than you are claiming, that can and will be used against you to reduce the settlement you deserve. Claims adjusters will be investigating any publicly available information about your situation that they can find.
In the time after the accident and before you’ve officially received a settlement, it is a best practice to turn your social media profiles on private if they are not already.
An example of a post that will hurt your case is if you take a selfie of yourself on a bike ride three days after an accident while claiming that you’ve suffering a serious leg injury.
Our Colorado Springs Hit and Run Accident Lawyers Can Help
At Zinda Law Group, our auto injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you after a hit and run accident. We have helped many victims of hit and runs seek compensation for medical bills, loss of income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
We will not only fight aggressively for your legal rights but also show you the care and compassion you need throughout your case and beyond.
Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a skilled Colorado Springs hit and run accident lawyer. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.