A hit-and-run collision is one of the most offensive types of collisions. Why? The driver who harmed you had no qualms about leaving the scene without checking the damage they caused. They may not even have slowed down or stopped at all.
These crashes can happen for numerous reasons from a driver being intoxicated to falling asleep behind the wheel. Regardless of the cause, it’s important that the driver is identified and brought to justice.
After a hit-and-run crash, you should call the authorities immediately. It’s not your job to identify and track down the driver. However, if you do remember the license plate, what they were driving or other identifying information, then that will help the authorities find them quickly. In many cases, cameras near the scene could identify the driver. In other cases, witnesses are able to let officers know about the driver’s information.
Once a driver is identified, you will be able to pursue a claim against them. Someone who was scared and fled the scene or who was intoxicated and didn’t realize they caused harm should be held accountable for failing to do what was right under those circumstances.
In the meantime, you should seek medical care and keep track of your expenses. You can give copies of this information to your attorney, so they can begin putting together a claim. The officers who were at the scene should let you know if the driver is caught so that you can start your claim against them as soon as you are ready to do so. Our website has more information on what you can do if you’re hurt in a collision with a hit-and-run driver, as a result of drunk driving or any number of other situations.