If you are involved in a hit-and-run car accident, proving liability can be tricky. It is important to understand how liability works in these types of accidents so that you can take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
In this blog post, we will discuss how you can prove liability in a hit-and-run car accident. We will also provide some tips on how to deal with the aftermath of such an accident.
Hit-and-Run Collisions are Against the Law
Getting into a car accident and fleeing the scene is illegal. If someone hits your vehicle and takes off, it is important to take note of their license plate and distinguishing vehicular features, if possible. The person who hits you may face additional consequences for leaving the scene of the accident prematurely.
As a victim of a hit-and-run car accident, the first thing you should do after taking note of the vehicle that hit you is call the police. Once the police arrive, they will conduct an accident investigation and take a report. It is important that you do everything possible to cooperate with the police and provide them with as much information as possible. You should also get the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident.
However, it is important not to make any assumptions or guesses about the events that occurred. If the authorities ask you questions you don’t know the answers to, be honest about that instead of trying to make something up. Saying you don’t know is better than giving an incorrect answer.
If you were not at fault for the accident, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit against the responsible party. This is a complicated process, and you should consult with an experienced attorney before taking this step. An attorney can help you gather evidence and build a strong case so that you have the best chance of winning damages.
Be sure to speak with an attorney before filing a claim with your insurance company. You will need to provide them with the police report and any other documentation that you have collected. The insurance company will then investigate the accident and make a determination of liability. If your insurance company finds that you were not at fault for the accident, they may pursue legal action against the responsible party.
However, you are not required to provide your accident statement to the insurance company over the phone. They will record the conversation and use what they can against you to undervalue or devalue your claim. In addition to providing a statement over the phone, you also have the options to provide it in writing, or your attorney may do it for you.
Keep in mind that the documentation you can provide about the accident will be paramount to the success of your case. This is why it is so important to seek a police report immediately following an injury-sustaining hit-and-run collision.
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A skilled car accident attorney will be able to help guide you through the process of recovering compensation for your damages. Liability in hit-and-run collisions can be complex, but an experienced attorney will know how to build a strong case and get you the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a hit-and-run car accident, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand your legal rights and options so that you can make the best decisions for your future.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP may be able to help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out the online contact form.