Recently, a 26-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street. Sadly, the driver fled the scene. While a hit-and-run accident can leave you feeling helpless, there are several things you should do right away.
- Get as much information about the vehicle and driver as possible. Getting the license plate number is great as is having an accurate description of the driver. Unfortunately, it is often hard to get information like that in the moment. If possible, get the make, model, vehicle color, and any other distinguishing details about the vehicle. Even something as simple as that the vehicle had out-of-state plates, especially if you know which state, can help.
- Find witnesses. While you may have been focused on avoiding being hit, or you might have been so shaken up about the accident that you did not notice details about the driver or the vehicle, witnesses may have more information to provide police. If possible, get the witnesses’ names and contact information.
- Do not take off after the other driver. While it might be tempting to try to find the driver and confront them, this is not a good idea. You may end up driving erratically, resulting in another accident. Also, the person who fled the scene may be intoxicated or dangerous, increasing your chances of getting seriously injured.
- Take pictures of the accident and write down your own description of the events. Pictures which include paint from the other vehicle can be especially helpful. Make sure you keep a record of when you contact the police.
While getting all this information is sometimes impossible, especially if you were seriously injured in the accident, the more information you have about the accident, the better chance there is of catching the hit-and-run driver. Nearby surveillance cameras can also be helpful. Columbia personal injury attorneys can help you if you are the victim of an automobile accident where the perpetrator can be identified. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.