Not all hit-and-run crashes are as dramatic as the one that took place recently in Colorado Springs. According to an article posted on the Colorado Springs Gazette website, a hit-and-run driver drove off after a crash, abandoned his vehicle, and tried to steal two different vehicles before finally carjacking a third and getting away.
Many other hit-and-run crashes are more straightforward, though no less frustrating for the driver who remains on the scene. If you experience a collision and the other flees the scene, what are some of the things you can do?
- Try to write down as many details as possible about the other car and its driver, as soon as you can. These include license plate number and vehicle model, make and color. Try to note any distinguishing features about the vehicle. If you remember anything about the driver and passengers, make note of this as well.
- Pay attention to situational details. For example, where was the other driver coming from? In which direction did they go? These details could help police identify the driver and figure out where they fled to.
- Take photos of the scene. In addition to serving as a record of the damage to your vehicle, photos might record details about the other driver. Maybe a part of the other vehicle fell to the ground. Maybe some of the paint from their vehicle came off on your car.
- If a hit-and-run occurred when you weren’t there, take the same steps and note what information you can. On returning to your parked car, you might find an unpleasant surprise: damage from a hit-and-run. Write down the time of your discovery and how long your car was parked in the spot where the accident occurred. And keep a record of the damage.
- Speak to witnesses. Get their contact information and any details you can based on what they saw.
- Contact police. Call the police and file an accident report with them. This gives you an official record of the accident to show to insurance companies. The police can also notify you if they find the other driver.
One of the difficulties of hit-and-run accidents is that you don’t know the other driver’s insurance information. Your uninsured motorist coverage might extend to medical expenses resulting from the crash; however, in Colorado, uninsured motorist coverage can’t be used to help pay for property damage from a hit-and-run.
In the aftermath of a hit-and-run, don’t hesitate to contact experienced Colorado Springs car accident lawyers. Your lawyers can help you handle insurance difficulties and look at different options for covering expenses. They’ll assist you with pursuing a civil suit against the other driver if they’re found. Also, given that insurance companies sometimes suspect that a hit-and-run crash is staged, your attorney can help you make sure that you have sufficient proof that an accident occurred.