While hit-and-run cases may not be all that frequent, they can and do occur across the country. It can be confusing, and it may take a moment to recognize when it’s happened, especially as you may be shaken from the events of the wreck itself. So, what should you do in a hit-and-run accident? Let’s take a closer look at the details.
First, it’s important that readers have a clear definition of what constitutes a hit-and-run case. According to North Carolina law, it is a driver’s duty to stop their vehicle and provide “information or assistance” in the event of an accident. A hit-and-run is anything that falls outside these parameters, not least of all if the offending party leaves the scene before authorities have arrived. Drivers who fail to comply with these laws may be hit with misdemeanor or felony charges.
Now that we’ve defined the scope, let’s talk about practical action. Because this is a relatively unusual situation, it’s essential that you have the tools and resources necessary to handle it properly. Below is a list of steps that every driver should take after a hit-and-run accident.
1. Call 911. You should call 911 emergency operators as soon as possible after a hit-and-run accident. The faster you call, the sooner authorities can arrive on the scene and track down the perpetrator.
2. Receive Medical Clearance. 911 operators should also dispatch medical services to evaluate the overall health and safety of any victims still on the scene. They will let you know if there are any injuries that you should keep an eye on or, in the case of severe injuries, that need to be treated immediately.
3. Contact an Attorney. An official legal presence on-site can be a great aid to your case. Your attorney will inform you of your rights, assist in gathering evidence, and represent you in court, should the need arise.
4. Gather Evidence. Considering this is a hit-and-run case, you might be left wondering what evidence you can collect. In these cases, gather witness statements and take plenty of photos of the scene from all angles. This will help support your claim to the insurance company and in court, as necessary.
Were you the victim of a hit-and-run car accident? Our highly competent attorneys here at Wayne Hardee Law would be glad to take on your case. Contact us today for legal representation!