The Hoffmann Law Firm specializes in personal injury law, including hit-and-run car accidents.
Being involved in any type of car accident is stressful. However, being involved in a hit-and-run car accident can be particularly stressful and give rise to many different emotions. The way you respond to a hit-and-run accident has the potential to make or break your case down the road. Therefore, it is important to remain calm and keep in a mind the following steps after a hit-and-run car accident.
Write Everything Down
Put everything you remember about the accident down in writing. It is helpful to be very specific about the date and time of the accident and, if possible, a description of the car and the person driving. In certain situations you may not be able to identify all of the specific details but try to remember as much as possible.
Look for Witnesses
If anyone was around at the time of the accident you should get their name and contact information. They may be used as a witness later on.
Do Not Chase the Driver
The first thing you may be tempted to do following a hit-and-run accident is to follow the driver. Consider why this would not be a good idea: First, you do not know the other driver’s state of mind and could put yourself and others at risk. Also, because you may be driving in an emotional, possibly even aggressive, state you could potentially cause another accident due to lack of judgement.
Call the Police
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to contact the police and file an accident report using the information that you have recorded. Filing a report is important even if you feel that you have very little information to provide law enforcement. This official document will give you something to rely upon later.
Contact a St. Louis Hit-and-Run Car Accident Lawyer
Hit-and-run accidents can be frustrating and complicated. In order to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you are entited to, you need a hit-and-run car accident attorney who will fight for you and allow you to focus on physical recovery.
Since it’s founding in 1998, The Hoffmann Law Firm has specialized in personal injury law, including hit-and-run car accidents, and has a successful track record of securing judgments for personal injury victims in Missouri and Illinois.