While you hope to never be the victim of one, a hit-and-run accident has the potential to change your life.
With this being the case, have you ever been in one? If so, how did you come out of it?
Such an accident can leave your life turned upside down for a long time to come.
So, how will you handle a hit-and-run accident if you are unfortunate enough to be in one?
Physical Well-Being of Most Importance
If you involved in a hit-and-run accident, remember the following:
- Your health – Above all else, your physical health takes center stage. That said do what is needed to make sure you get the care you need at the scene and afterwards. Never try to be a superhero. If you think you might have a serious injury or two, make sure it is treated. Even if you think you only have a few bumps and bruises, get them checked out. It is important to remember that you could have a concussion or internal injuries. As such, these do not always make themselves known right away. It is also important to cooperate with any EMT’s at the scene and doctors and nurses at a hospital should you need them.
- Getting the facts – Once your health is okay given the events, your next focus is the accident. Do you have any eyewitness or video evidence to show the accident? It may come down to someone having seen something that can turn the tide in your favor. When someone has hit your vehicle and taken off, you can have more than injuries to worry about. Think about damage to your auto and the costs associated with repairing it if the damage is not serious. This is why getting the license plate and a description of the vehicle and driver that hit you is so important. Once you have the chance, go online and do a plate number lookup if you have the license plate info. Such a search using the appropriate online tools can lead you to the driver’s information. With that info in your hands, you can give it to law enforcement and your insurance company. By getting as many facts as possible from the accident, you are in a better position to get a resolution to this mess.
- Moving forward – Last, moving on following a hit-and-run accident can be hard. Keep in mind that such accidents impact drivers and passengers in different ways. As a result, there is no standard playbook when dealing with such an intense matter. This is especially the case if your teen was driving. Whether you were in the vehicle or not at the time, think about your teenager. He or she could be shaken from such an event for a long time to come. This is why it is important to try and move forward sooner than later. From getting back out on the road behind the wheel to possibly having to buy another vehicle, there is much in play.
Given a hit-and-run accident can change your life in no time at all, will you be able to deal with such an event?