Being involved in a hit and run can be pretty terrifying. The shock sets in, you go numb, and you haven’t got a clue how to handle the situation. Don’t panic, it’s like that for most people. In fact, not panicking is the first thing to do. Take a few deep breaths, and gather your thoughts.
Check Everybody is Safe
Top of your list if you’re involved in a hit and run is to make sure nobody is seriously injured. Of course, if they have, make sure you contact the ambulance service immediately. It’s also important to ensure that your party – and vehicle if you’re in one – is clear of danger. The last thing you want to do is pose a hazard to other road-users and further endanger yourself and others.
Get the Details
If you have the chance try to get the details of the offending vehicle. Licence plate numbers, make and model of the car, the colour and any distinguishing features such as broken headlights, dents in the door, or even racing stripes can all be used to identify the car involved. Also, if possible, do your best to get a description of the driver. All of these are important and will come into play later, so it’s important to write these down – use your phone if you don’t have a pen and paper to hand. Check for witnesses to the collision too, and obtain what facts you can from them.
Report to the Authorities
With as many details as possible in your possession, you should communicate these to the police. You should also seek to contact your insurance company and make them aware of the hit and run. After this, please also arrange an appointment with your GP – although you may look and feel fine, it’s best to check there are no hidden damages to your person, and should anything happen further down the line, the accident will be on your medical records.
We know how shocking hit and runs can be. That’s why here at AYB Law we specialise in hit and run claims, so if you or anyone you know has been involved in an accident, you can receive the compensation you deserve. For more information about our services, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 0443 495 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our friendly, professional staff will be more than happy to assist.