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How to approach a hit-and-run car accident

Being the victim of a hit-and-run car accident can be overwhelming, upsetting and challenging. Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver intentionally leaves a car accident without providing necessary contact information, which is illegal to do. Being the victim of a hit-and-run accident can be a stressful experience, but it is important to focus on obtaining and recording as much information as possible following the accident.

Gathering information following the accident can help identify and locate the hit-and-run driver, as well as assist you when making a claim for damages or providing information to an insurance company. It is helpful to obtain as much information as possible about the hit-and-run vehicle, such as the make and model of the vehicle and the license plate number if it is available for view. It is useful to also locate any witnesses and record their names and contact information. It is also important to record the location of the accident by writing down the address, take pictures of the accident scene, pictures of your car and record the date and time of the accident.

Next, a police report should also be filed concerning the hit-and-run car accident. The information collected can be provided to police and contained in the police report. The police report can later be useful when filing or bringing a claim for damages. While the driver may not be identified or located, uninsured motorist insurance coverage may provide options for victims suffering damages associated with a hit and run. Damages associated with harm suffered in a hit-and-run car accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages, may be available to compensate victims.

A hit-and-run car accident can unexpectedly disrupt the lives of victims and lead to physical, financial and emotional stresses and challenges. As a result, it is important that victims know the options that may be available to help them following a hit-and run accident.

Source: DMV.org, "Tips For Handling A Hit And Run Driver Claim," Accessed Sept. 12, 2016

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