Hit and run accidents can be tough to cope with. It’s frustrating to suffer from injuries and damage to your vehicle with no one to hold accountable. On top of that, it can be hard to figure out the insurance claims process without the at-fault driver’s insurance information. Izzy Yetnikoff is an attorney with extensive experience in hit and run accidents, and can help in these circumstances.
Call The Police and Take Photos.
A driver is subject to legal obligations after an accident that results in injury, death, or damage to a vehicle. If a driver flees the scene of the accident, follow these steps:
- Call 911 and wait for the police to arrive. The police will investigate the crash and prepare a police report. This will be valuable evidence that a hit and run accident occurred.
- Make sure injury victims receive medical care and get transportation to hospitals if needed.
- Take photos of the vehicle, any injuries, and the area around where the accident occurred. The photos will assist in documenting how the accident occurred.
- Call your auto insurance company to report the accident.
Try to provide information to police on the fleeing driver and vehicle. The police will need a description of the driver, vehicle color, make and model, license plate, etc.
Despite Arizona laws against fleeing the scene of an accident, hit and run accidents are frequent. Usually, the fleeing driver doesn’t have valid auto insurance, is wanted by law enforcement on unrelated matters, is impaired by drugs or alcohol, or is not legally allowed to be driving the vehicle.
How Can I File a Claim for a Hit and Run Injury?
If the police can find the feeling driver, you can file a claim against their insurance. But, given that they fled the scene of an accident, there’s a good chance that they are either uninsured or underinsured. In many cases, you’ll have to try to file a claim with your insurance company. Your options will depend on the type of insurance coverage you have.
In any event, these cases can be complicated. A personal injury attorney will help you navigate through the claims process, gather evidence, and take the legal burdens off of you. Izzy Yetnikoff is an attorney with extensive experience in hit and run accidents and can assist in your recovery and compensation. For more information, contact Izzy Yetnikoff at Yetnikoff Law Offices, PLLC for help, at 800-279-6331.