After a hit-and-run car accident, you should try to gather as much evidence as possible. It is important to take pictures and videos of property damage and injuries. It is also critical to document any debris or skid marks that are visible on the road.
If it is possible, you should try to remember details about the other driver and their car. This information will help validate that you are not at fault for the accident, and it will hopefully help the police track down the hit-and-run driver.
After you record the accident scene, it is helpful to speak to any witnesses. A witness can provide an unbiased perspective of the hit-and-run accident. You should ask what they saw, and you should also record their accounts. Gather their contact information in case you need to follow-up with them at a later date.
File a Police Report
One of the first steps is to call the police so you can file an official report. Regardless of the extent of the damages, it is important to speak to the police. You should tell an officer everything that happened, and they will complete an official accident report. You should give them as many details as possible, such as the make and model of the car that hit you. The police might be able to use this information to track down the driver.
Get Medical Attention
You should get immediate medical attention at the accident scene if you have serious injuries. However, it is important to follow-up with a doctor after the collision as well. If you have any injuries, document them. You should keep all medical records.
Some car accident injuries show up later or worsen over time. It is beneficial to get a full medical evaluation by a physician soon after the accident. By doing so, you can prove that the accident directly caused your injuries. This will be extremely helpful if the police are able to track down the at-fault driver.
If the hit-and-run driver is discovered, a lawyer might be necessary for various reasons. A lawyer will fight on your behalf and protect your rights. You might be able to hold the at-fault driver accountable for damages.
Our Delaware car accident lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. understand the stress of hit-and-run accidents. We can help you explore your legal options. To schedule a free consultation and for more information, complete our online form or call us at 302-656-5445. We are located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we proudly serve clients throughout Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.