Accidents can be extremely stressful and the resulting vehicle damage and personal injury exceedingly expensive. Generally, we at least have the luxury of insurance to help pay for these damages. However, sometimes drivers commit a hit-and-run accident and cannot be located or identified. For victims of hit-and-run accidents all is not lost. You still have some options available to you for recovering compensation. Here are four steps you should take if you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
1. Call for Help
The most important thing after experiencing a hit-and-run is to call 911. By calling 911 an ambulance will be dispatched to the scene of the accident and can treat you for any medical needs. Calling 911 also dispatches a police officer to the scene of the accident, where he or she can file an accident report, including things such as witness statements. This can later prove very helpful.
2. Seek Medical Treatment
Auto accidents can result in many different injuries, some very serious. However, sometimes the severity of an injury is not initially apparent. Even if you do not believe that you have been significantly injured it is still important to be checked out at the hospital or go to the doctor immediately. This will help to ensure that you do not have any internal, non-obvious injuries, and will also supply you with a medical record of any injuries you have incurred from the crash.
3. Report to Your Insurance
Individuals must generally notify their auto insurance companies of an accident within a short period of time; commonly just one or two days post-crash. Not only should you report the crash to your insurance provider because you are required to do so, but also because it may help you to potentially receive compensation from your own insurance policy.
4. Call the RIGHT Attorney
The financial impact of auto accidents can prove debilitating. Often the difference between paying out of pocket or receiving compensation is seeking the counsel of an experienced and knowledgeable Louisiana Auto Accident Attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured or if a loved one has been killed due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you shouldn’t have to pay the consequences. The experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Caddell Reynolds can help you to move forward. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-671-4100 today!