A t-bone collision recently occurred in Spokane. One of the drivers involved in the crash states that a motorist passed a stop sign and caused the collision. Due to the impact of the collision, one of the vehicles was flipped upside-down. The driver of the vehicle that ended upside down reports that he and his daughter made it out of the crash with minimal injuries. Safety features of the truck along with the child's car seat are believed to have minimized the injuries that the child ended up facing. The other driver was fleeing from a nearby crash and is reported to have incurred serious injuries in the collision.
Hit-and-run crashes can occur suddenly and often leave victims uncertain about how to proceed. This article reviews some important details to understand if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident.
How to Respond if You are in a Hit-and-Run Accident
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, there are some important steps that you should remember to take, which include:
- If someone was harmed during the crash, you should immediately call 911.
- Someone nearby might have seen the accident occur. If there are witnesses to your accident, you should obtain any information they have about the accident. Get their contact information, as well.
- Write down as many details as possible about the accident. This might include the make and model of the other vehicle, a description of the other motorist, the direction in which the vehicle was headed, and details about any damage done to the other vehicle.
- Make sure to report the incident to law enforcement. Your report helps the police understand how the accident occurred. Give the police all of the details that you have collected.
- Notify your insurance carrier about the crash. You might be hesitant to file a claim, but remember that if you fail to do so, it might not be considered a hit-and-run.
How Not to Respond if You are Involved in a Hit-and-Run
Avoid taking some unwise steps if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident. Some of the steps that you should never take include:
- Avoid following the driver who flees the scene of the accident. This is dangerous and by doing so, you will miss gathering potential eyewitness accounts.
- Do not hesitate to contact law enforcement or your insurance carrier.
Your Insurance Premium and Hit-and-Run Accidents
Hit-and-run accidents are paid under the collision part of your vehicle policy. You might be able to avoid these costs if you have a $0 deductible coverage. Hit-and-run accidents are almost always situations in which the victim is not held at fault for the crash and will not have a negative impact on your premium.
Speak With a Compassionate Car Crash Lawyer
When car accidents occur, the results can be devastating. If you or a loved one is involved in a car crash and someone else is responsible, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced accident attorney. Schedule a free case evaluation with West Law Office today.