What to Do in a Hit and Run Car Accident

by Vincent Andrew Apicella on Sep. 28, 2022

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Is there a way to locate the hit-and-run driver? Can you still file a claim and pursue compensation? Here are ways an attorney can help after a hit-and-run car accident.

According to NHTSA, there were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run car accidents in 2015 alone. That’s roughly 2,019 hit-and-run accidents every day. With such an alarming number of hit-and-run accidents, it’s understandable to have concerns about what to do after a hit-and-run accident.


What Should You Do After a Hit-And-Run Accident?

The first thing you should do after a hit-and-run is call the police. Informing the authorities can help arrest the responsible party and ensure anyone injured gets prompt medical attention. It’ll also initiate the documentation process that you can use to make your insurance claim.

Secondly, speak with a Bronx car accident attorney. Filing a claim after a hit-and-run case is often a complicated process. However, with an experienced attorney by your side, you can avoid mistakes that many hit-and-run victims make.



How a Car Accident Attorney Can Help After a Hit-And-Run Accident


1. Work Closely With the Police

Your attorney can work with the police to inquire about the hit-and-run driver in homes and businesses near the accident scene.


2. Check Nearby Cameras

Surveillance cameras in nearby homes and businesses can help you identify the negligent driver. However, obtaining this footage can be complicated - some people may not be willing to allow access to their footage storage.


Your attorney can obtain a warrant, access the footage, and look for anything that might help locate the driver.


3. Get More Details from the Department of Motor Vehicles


Armed with the license plate details, your attorney can ask the police to get the hit-and-run driver’s name, photo, and address from the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.


4. Interview Eye Witnesses


Eyewitnesses who saw the accident can describe the car’s make, model, and license plate. Your attorney can use this information to help locate the negligent driver.


5.  Review the Dash Camera


A dash camera can be a game-changer when locating a hit-and-run driver. If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, the camera may record the negligent driver causing the accident and, most importantly, their car make, model, and license plate.


Equally important, a dashcam may also show the direction the driver took. All of this information, can help authorities to locate the reckless driver.



Speak With a Car Accident Lawyer


If you’re involved in a hit-and-run auto crash, don’t panic. After calling the police and seeking medical attention, speak with a car accident lawyer at the Apicella & Schlesinger Law Firm for a free case evaluation.


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