What to Do After a Hit and Run
Leaving an accident can often feel like the easiest solution to a potentially costly problem. This is why hit and runs are so common in the state of Nevada. While this solution may seem simple, it can actually be significantly more expensive and time consuming for all parties involved.
What to Do If You’re the Victim of a Hit and Run:
If you were the one hit and then watched the other car speed away, you probably feel frustrated and angry. This is normal. Keep calm and follow these six steps after you’ve been hit:
- Move to safety. If you are in a place where you are still vulnerable to traffic, do your best to move out of the way. If you or someone else is severely injured, seek medical attention.
- Call the police. You should call the police after an accident. They will take your statement and write up a report.
- Try to find witnesses. It’s hard to catch details of the offending car in the heat of the moment, which is why a witness might be your best shot at finding the other car. If there are people nearby ask if any of them saw anything and would be willing to make a statement. If they agree, get their contact details.
- Take photos. Photographic evidence of the scene, damage, and location will help the police and your insurance company determine the best course of action. As long as it’s safe to do so, take as many photos as you can.
- Call your lawyer. Insurance companies will often try to deny or minimize coverage in the case of hit and runs, which is why it’s best to face yours with a lawyer by your side.
- Get a medical check-up. After an accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you don’t think you’re injured. Some injuries take time to become noticeable. An early diagnosis from a doctor can save you pain and will increase your chances of getting compensated.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit and run accident, you deserve compensation. The personal injury lawyers of De Castroverde Law Group are here to fight for you.
What to Do If You Ran:
If you were the one that committed the hit and run, it’s important to know that you did break the law. It’s the responsibility of all parties involved in an accident to stop, assist, and make a statement to the police. That being said, it’s understandable to be afraid of the potential consequences of being involved in an accident.
As with most crimes, the severity of the offense depends on your actions after the fact. With a hit and run your best way to mitigate the damage is by talking to a lawyer as soon as possible. If the accident just happened and you are still nearby, your best option is to return to the scene and follow proper procedures.
If you were involved with a hit and run and are worried about your criminal liability in the situation, contact the criminal defense lawyers of De Castroverde Law Group.