At least 19,000 people receive injuries due to hit-and-run accidents every year in California. Although you may find it hard to remain calm after these motor vehicle accidents, keep the following tips in mind.
Stop your vehicle
Victims of hit and runs should always stop their vehicle. If you do not take this step, you might have issues related to the accident as well. When stopping, follow these guidelines:
- Move your vehicle off the highway.
- Make sure you do not block on-coming traffic.
- Stay with your vehicle.
Although many states ask you not to move your vehicle after an accident, California law requires you to do so immediately unless an injury or death has occurred.
Call the police
While you may erroneously think to skip this step if no injuries occurred after the motor vehicle accident, it is generally in your best interests to call the police immediately after the hit-and-run incident. This is particularly important because your insurance company may require a police report to proceed with their investigation.
Write down anything you remember about the incident, including license plate numbers, description of the hit-and-run driver, as well as any reckless driving that led to the hit-and-run. Talk to witnesses and collect their contact information.
Get medical care
If you or your passengers have medical injuries, seek treatment immediately. Even if your injuries seem minor, they may be worse than you assume. Severe injuries, such as spinal cord and brain trauma, can seem minor immediately following an accident.
Understand your insurance company’s priorities
Although your insurance company needs to be notified of your accident, their end goal will still involve paying as little as possible. Remember that you may have to battle your insurance company to receive the compensation you need for medical bills and property damage. If you have been involved in a hit-and-run incident, please feel free to contact The Law Office of Aman N. Shah today for a free consultation.