What Should I Do after a Hit and Run?
In the state of Kentucky, a conviction for hit and run comes with severe criminal penalties. Despite the consequences, though, hit and run accidents are alarmingly common. According to research from the Insurance Information Institute, nearly 20 percent of pedestrian deaths occur in hit and run collisions.
It is important that all drivers and pedestrians know what to do after hit and run accidents because a small mistake could prevent you from recovering fair compensation. If you do not talk to witnesses who saw the collision, the at-fault driver might get away, and if you do not call the police, your insurance company might dispute your claim because you will not have an accident report.
Attorney Matt Troutman can help you navigate the claims process and avoid costly mistakes. Mr. Troutman has been a practicing car accident lawyer since 1986. Call to schedule a free consultation with a Lexington personal injury attorney at the Troutman Law Office.
Let’s examine five steps you should take after a hit and run:
- Pull over to a Safe Area
- After a hit and run, your instinct might tell you to chase after the at-fault driver, but this is never a good idea. You might be cited for speeding or another traffic offense. Also, Kentucky is a no-fault insurance state, so even if the at-fault driver gets away, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) should cover your damages up to your policy limits. As such, it is better to pull over to a safe place and call the police.
- Contact Law Enforcement
- Even if you did not get a good look at the vehicle that hit you, it is still important that you contact the police. You will need an accident report to file your claim.
- Gather Evidence at the Scene
- Take photos that show your injuries, the positions of vehicles, skid marks, traffic signs, and property damage.
- Talk to Witnesses
- Eyewitnesses may have noticed the make, model, and color of the vehicle that hit you. Ask them what they saw, and provide those details to the police to aid in their investigation.
- Consult a Car Accident Lawyer
- The costs of medical bills, lost income, and vehicle repairs can add up quickly after a collision. It is important that you take steps to give your claim the best possible chance at success. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you fight for the maximum payout and avoid mistakes that would harm your claim.
If you were hurt in a hit and run crash, contact the Troutman Law Office. Attorney Matt Toutman will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and compassionately represent your interests.
Call today to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in Lexington. You can learn more about car accident claims in Kentucky by visiting the USAttorneys website.