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What To Do if You are Involved in a Hit & Run Accident

Hit-and-Run Accidents—Recovery is Complicated

Every day, hit-and-run accidents cause approximately 4 fatalities and 2,800 non-fatal injuries. North Carolina law requires motorists to stop and exchange insurance information as well as other important details. When one driver leaves the scene, the other motorist is left empty-handed. Victims may not have an opportunity to hold the at-fault driver accountable. The trauma of an accident, vehicle damage, and injury are amplified when a motorist speeds off after a wreck. Tracking down the at-fault driver is not easy, but you can take certain steps to increase your chances of recovering.

Increase Your Recovery Chances

After an accident, follow these steps to track down a fleeing motorist:

  • Seek immediatemedical attention if you suffered an injury

  • If at all possible, try to record the other driver’s license plate. Even the first three letters or the last four numbers can help track down the driver

  • Try to determine the color, model, and approximate age of the escaping car

  • Call the police and stay at the scene

  • Provide the responding officer with any information that could be useful in tracking down the hit-and-run culprit

  • Ask pedestrians, other drivers, and nearby store owners if they saw the crash and remember any details about the fleeing vehicle

  • Take pictures of the accident scene and your vehicle damage

  • Call your insurance company as soon as possible and see if you have hit-and-run insurance coverage

Thorp Law Fights for Hit-and-Run Victims

If you were injured by a negligent hit-and-run driver, then you still may be able to recover. Thorp Law attorneys can help you figure out whether your own insurance policy provides coverage. An experienced lawyer can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle damage. Call us. We may be able to help.