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3 Steps to Take If You’re Involved in a Hit-and-Run

When a driver flees after hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian, the accident is known as a hit-and-run. These incidents can range from minor fender benders to major collisions that result in serious personal injuries and significant property damage. To protect your health and your legal rights after a hit-and-run, follow these three tips that car accident attorneys often suggest to their clients.

What to Do After a Hit-and-Run

1. Call 911

Even if you have no idea who hit you, no description of the vehicle, and no license plate number, alert the authorities. For any accident you report to an insurance agency or that leads to a legal claim, you need an accident report from the police.

Also, get checked out by paramedics, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe. Some injuries, like whiplash and concussions, may not show symptoms right away, so medical attention should be a priority.

2. Take Photos & Notes

While you wait for police officers and paramedics to arrive, take photos of the accident scene. Capture images of the vehicle, the damage, the surrounding site, and any noticeable injuries.

Use the notes function on your phone to jot down any pertinent information, such as the exact time and location, the contact information for any witnesses, and any identifying details that can help law enforcement track down the other driver.

3. Contact Your Insurer & a Car Accident Attorney

Once you have a copy of the police report, contact your insurer. In most cases, you will need a collision or uninsured motorist policy to cover damages.

If you encounter issues with your insurance company, or the police eventually find the other driver, consult a car accident attorney. A lawyer will advocate for your rights, advise whether a lawsuit is necessary, and negotiate with the responsible party to come to an agreeable settlement.

If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run, the legal team at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC, is here to help. Our car accident attorneys have been representing western Wisconsin, the Coulee Region, and the Driftless Area since 1982. In addition to accidents and wrongful death cases, we also offer legal services in workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability claims. We advocate for you, and there are no fees unless we win. Call (877) 784-1230 to schedule a consultation, and visit us online to explore our practice areas.