Silent Collision: The Aftermath of a Hit-And-Run

Surya Yadav

Any accident is an experience no one wants to have. In most accidents, though, it is an easier process to obtain compensation from the at-fault driver because they are known. When the accident is a hit-and-run, it can be a lot more complicated to handle. The victim will want to make sure they have the right help moving forward to help them look for the at-fault driver and handle all of the tasks that come with dealing with an accident. 

Medical Care Should be Sought Immediately

It is crucial for the victim to seek medical care immediately after a hit and run accident. If they do not feel like they are hurt badly, they may not need to be taken via ambulance to the hospital. Still, it is recommended to see a doctor within the next day or two. Not only does this help with obtaining compensation for the accident in the long run, but it can help them learn about potentially dangerous hidden injuries or make sure they’re okay and ready to get back to normal. 

Dealing With the Damaged Vehicle

The damages done to the vehicle during the accident will need to be repaired. The driver will want to make sure they contact their insurance company to discuss the accident and file a claim. While the other insurance company can’t go after the at-fault driver if they are unknown, the company will cover the vehicle repairs. A lawyer may be beneficial during this part of the process to help the victim understand their options and how to work with the insurance company for coverage. 

The Search for the Other Driver

There may be clues that point to who was driving when the hit-and-run accident occurred. While the police are tasked with doing this, the victim may want to see if they can help to ensure the at-fault driver is caught. During the accident, parts of the vehicle may have fallen off. If these pieces had the VIN or any other identifying markers, they may be used to identify the at-fault driver. Also, check with potential witnesses or look for security cameras that may have a license plate number that can be used. 

Getting Reimbursement for Expenses

Reimbursement will come from the victim’s insurance company, at least at first, if the other driver isn’t identified in time. However, if the driver is identified at some point, the insurance company will seek reimbursement through them. What this means for the victim is that initially, they may need to pay their deductible and some expenses that the insurance company doesn’t cover or anything over the policy’s maximum amounts. If the at-fault driver is found, they may be reimbursed for their deductible as well as any expenses that are not covered through insurance. 

A hit-and-run accident can be far more complicated than a standard accident, but it may be possible to handle everything properly and find the at-fault driver to seek reimbursement. If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident, take the time to speak with a lawyer today. They may be able to help ensure you receive sufficient coverage for the accident and can answer any questions you might have about how to find the at-fault driver or what to do to obtain compensation for the accident.

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