What should I do after a hit and run accident?

It was the other driver’s decisions that put you in the situation you currently face. He or she was negligent and unlawful by leaving the scene of the crash. Unfortunately, it's now up to you to take the correct actions necessary for protecting your legal rights and financial recovery.

Start at the Scene of the Crash—and Continue

If you're physically able to take action, then it's important to do the following right after the accident:

  • Call the police immediately. Provide the dispatcher with the location of your accident and as detailed a description as possible of the vehicle that left the scene of the accident.
  • Stay at the scene of the crash. Write down the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses. Ask them if they saw the vehicle that left the scene; if they got the license plate number of it; and if they can provide a description of the vehicle and possibly the driver.
  • Take pictures. Make sure to capture photographic evidence of the general accident scene and of the specific damage to your vehicle.
  • Call your insurance company and report the accident. Don't speculate about the cause of the crash. Instead, simply report the date, time, and location of the crash.

After you leave the scene of the accident, it's critical to get prompt medical attention and to speak with a lawyer about your rights.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage May Help You

Alaska law requires insurance companies to offer uninsured motorist (UM) coverage to car insurance purchasers. You may choose not to carry a UM policy, but you need to have clarification of this decision in writing. This choice is made when you purchase insurance coverage and not at the time you're involved in a hit and run car crash.

If you have UM coverage on an existing policy in effect at the time of your crash, your insurance company may be responsible for paying your injury damages.

Contact an Experienced Car Crash Lawyer Today

It can be difficult to recover from a hit and run accident. Even if you have uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance company may now be an adversarial party trying to pay you as little as possible for your claim.

It's important to work with an experienced car accident lawyer who can protect your rights and get you the fair and just recovery you deserve. Please contact Attorney Ben Crittenden today to learn more about your rights or to schedule a free initial consultation.