Hit-and-run drivers may leave the scene of the accident for a number of reasons. They may be driving without a license or have outstanding warrants. They could be driving a borrowed or stolen car or be in possession of illegal substances. Drivers who are under the influence may be more likely to flee the scene of the accident because they don’t want to be caught.
Immediately after a hit-and-run accident, the next steps a victim takes could significantly impact his or her future claims for compensation. A victim should call 911 to report the incident and describe the vehicle in as much detail as possible. If the victim is injured, he or she should alert the dispatcher. If possible, the victim should write down every detail of the event including the direction the vehicle was traveling and its color, make and model.
A victim of a hit-and-run injury may file a claim against both the driver and the vehicle owner. Even if the driver or the vehicle is never found, the victim may be entitled to damages through his or her insurance company. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help a hit-and-run victim recover compensation due to lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.