Car accidents are stressful enough, and being involved in a hit and run accident in California can feel absolutely devastating. With the driver speeding off without checking in on you or your loved one, you don’t get the opportunity to exchange information. Who will pay for your car or bike get fixed? How will you file an insurance claim for your medical bills? The questions are endless and can feel overwhelming. We are here to help.
Here’s what to do if you’re involved in a California hit and run accident.
Write Down Everything You Remember about the Other Vehicle
A hit and run poses certain challenges since you won’t be able to exchange insurance information. Immediately write down everything you remember about the vehicle: its color, the make, the model, and any part of the license plate. Write down anything unusual such as a bumper sticker.
Write Down Everything You Remember about the Driver
Was the driver male or female? Approximately how old did they look? What did they look like? These accidents happen fast, and you may not be able to recall much or you may not have seen much of the driver. Just write down what you do know.
Call 911 to Report the Hit and Run
Move your vehicle or bike to the side of the road and call 911. Inform the police that you were the victim of a hit and run. Give them all of the details you wrote down, and make sure that you keep a copy for yourself. Call your insurance company to report the hit and run, but be sure to not sign any papers limiting your financial recovery without speaking to a knowledgeable Los Angeles hit and run attorney first.
Get Medical Attention
Seek medical attention for your injuries. Whether you believe your injuries to be serious or not, it is always best to see a trained medical professional to rule out any internal injuries or other ‘hidden’ injuries.
California Hit and Run Accidents Are Serious
Hit and run accidents in Los Angeles may also lead to serious criminal charges against the defendant for leaving the scene of an accident. In terms of your personal injury claim, you will likely want to consider hiring an experienced injury attorney. If you plan to hire a lawyer, look for one that has experience successfully handling hit and run claims.
For a free, no obligation consultation about the hit and run accident you were injured in, contact the skilled Los Angeles hit and run lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm today.