When you have been involved in a car accident and the other driver leaves the scene, it’s called a “hit and run accident.” If you are ever in this unfortunate situation, it’s important to know what to do next so that you can have the best chance of finding the hit and run driver and have the information that you will need to make a claim with your auto insurance company.
If you were in your vehicle while it was hit or someone was injured, call 911 immediately. The first thing that you should do is to make sure that you or any injured person gets immediate medical attention.
Write Down Details
Write down any details that you remember about the vehicle that left the scene. Important details would be the color of the car, the make and model of the car, and its license plate number. Even a partial license plate number may be helpful for tracking down the vehicle that hit you.
Get Contact Information for Any Witnesses
Ask people who are in the area if anyone witnessed the incident. If there were witnesses, get their contact information. The police or your car insurance company might want to speak with them.
Photograph the Accident Scene
If you can safely do so, it is important to take some photographs of the scene of an accident. Important pictures would include the position of your vehicle and any property damage. Photos of the damage are important for potential hit and run claim that you may file later. Scan the scene of the accident for any video cameras that may have captured the incident as it occurred.
Report the Accident
It is important to report a hit and run to the police as soon as possible. In Nevada, everyone who is involved in a collision has a duty to exchange information, render aid, and file an accident report if the accident resulted in death, bodily injury, or property damage of $750 or more. Do not wait to file a police report. The police may be able to help you find the driver who hit you.
Contact Your Insurance Company
If your vehicle was damaged in a hit and run collision, it may be covered under the collision section of your car insurance policy. However, collision insurance is optional in Nevada. Nevada only requires a driver to carry liability coverage. If you opted out of collision coverage and are unable to find the driver that hit you, you will have to pay to repair the damage yourself.
Experienced Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hit and run, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you protect your rights.