If you involved in a recent hit-and-run accident, how bad was it?
For some drivers or passengers for that matter, such an incident can change their lives for years to come. In some cases, the results can even prove fatal.
That said it is important to make sure the one responsible for your accident is held accountable.
With that in mind, how will you begin your search for them and their vehicle?
Don’t Let a Hit-and-Run Alter Your Life
While your physical well-being is number one, you do not want to let someone off the hook. This is especially when they are responsible for your injuries.
That being the case, were you or someone at the scene able to get a license plate? What about a vehicle description before the driver took off?
If you do have a license plate to work with, it is worth your time to go online and conduct a free license plate lookup.
When you do such a thing, you are more likely to find worthwhile details. Such info could help lead authorities to the person’s location. While some hit-and-run drivers do have a conscience and turn themselves in, others will be on the run.
If you decide to seek legal recourse against the one responsible, having as much evidence is key.
Among some of the things you’d prefer to have:
- Eyewitness – An unbiased eyewitness can go a long way in helping you. Such an eyewitness can give testimony to show you were not responsible.
- Cell phone video or pictures – If one was in the area of the accident and caught it on a phone, your hope is they come forward. Much like an eyewitness, such video can prove powerful to any legal case you go forward with. The hope is that the person with such info will provide you or one known to you with their personal info. When they do, they can be contacted.
- Video evidence from nearby – Were in a hit-and-run that took place in an area where there are video cameras? Look to see if any of them caught it. This can be from a camera at an intersection or from a nearby business.
As much evidence as you can get in your favor, do your best to do it.
Will You Need a New Vehicle?
Depending on the severity of the hit-and-run accident, you may end up having to buy another vehicle.
If this is the case, you may get help from your insurance provider. It may also come from the insurer of the individual responsible for the incident in the first place.
In the event you or you and your family will be car shopping soon, make sure you research what is out there. It is to your advantage to find a vehicle that gets high safety rankings. This will make you and those around you safer driving forward.
When the victim in a hit-and-run, be sure you drive forward with what is best for your situation now and down the road.