Injury or Wrongful Death From a Hit & Run?
It is against the law for a driver to leave the scene of any accident they have caused. Nevertheless, hundreds of Indiana motorists do just that every year. If you have been hit by a driver who flees the scene, you might be worried about how you will obtain compensation for your losses. Without knowing the identity of the driver, it can be hard to sue for medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs.
At Delventhal Law, we help hit and run victims get the compensation they need so they can move on with their lives. Contact one of our hit and run accident attorneys in Fort Wayne right away.
What to Do after a Hit & Run
Injured motorists should protect their rights after a crash, and there are some things you should and should not do. Remember the following:
- Don’t chase after the driver. What do you think you will do if you catch him? Chances are you will break the law speeding after someone, and you might even end up causing another accident. You also do not need to get into a fist fight with someone, which could result in assault charges.
- Try to obtain identifying information. Instead of speeding after a driver, you can quickly document as much about the car and driver as possible. What is the make, model, and year of the vehicle that hit year? What did the driver look like? Where did the accident take place? Write down as much of the license plate as you were able to see.
- Report the accident to the police. An officer can issue a police report, which your insurer will want to see. The police might also be on the lookout for the hit-and-run vehicle, though tracking down the suspect might not be a priority with the amount of crime in Indiana these days.
You should also receive immediate medical attention. Going to the doctor or hospital can help document the severity of your injuries. You also need to try and limit the damage. If you don’t, then you might not receive all the compensation you were expecting.