Car accidents are always frustrating. However, when the driver responsible hits your vehicle and immediately leaves the scene of the accident, it adds much more stress. Not only is leaving the scene of an accident against the law, but it also leaves the victim to deal with everything on their own.
It’s easy to wonder whether you’ll ever be able to receive compensation for your injuries and property damage if the other driver leaves the scene. You may still be eligible for financial recovery, but it’s important to take certain steps to protect your right to compensation.
The following should be done immediately after a hit and run in New Mexico.
Right after the accident, assess your injuries. If you have any passengers, determine whether anyone else in the vehicle has sustained injuries.
After a hit and run, the driver doesn’t always automatically flee. They may get out of the car initially and speak with you. When this occurs, it’s particularly common for the other driver to dissuade you from calling 911. Never listen to them — always call 911 as soon as possible.
A police report is an important piece of evidence. When you call 911, police are dispatched to the scene of the accident to gather the information required to put in the accident report.
Get Medical Attention
If you’ve suffered injuries that require immediate attention, you can receive emergency care at the scene of the accident. Even if you believe you have not suffered any harm, it’s always best to visit an emergency room or your doctor as soon as possible.
Injuries after an accident are not always visible and may take some time to surface. A healthcare provider can detect an injury even if you’re unaware of it, allowing you to begin medical treatment even sooner.
Gather Any Information Possible
If possible, gather any information you can at the scene of the accident. For hit and run accidents, the most important information (and the hardest to obtain) usually includes photos and videos of the other driver’s vehicle or license plate, as well as any witness information.
Witnesses can help you greatly. For example, you may not have had the chance to get a photo of the other driver’s license plate, but perhaps a witness did. Witnesses can pass along vital information.
Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company
As soon as possible, report the accident to your insurance company. They will ask questions regarding your accident and assign an insurance adjuster to handle your claim.
Reporting your accident is always required but is especially important if you have uninsured motorist protection. If you have this type of coverage, your insurance company can cover your related accident expenses and losses, even if you were a hit and run victim.
Discuss Your Case with a Car Accident Attorney
Hit and run accidents can be particularly challenging to handle alone. A qualified car accident lawyer will handle your claim to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Let a New Mexico Car Accident Lawyer Help You
At Hunt Law, we understand the disappointment and annoyance a hit-and-run accident can cause. We have extensive experience helping clients throughout New Mexico with car accident claims, including those involving a hit and run.
Our attorneys and staff give clients the kindness and care they need while doing everything necessary to protect their right to compensation. You’re not alone in your battle.
After a hit-and-run accident, contact Hunt Law to schedule a consultation with one of our New Mexico car accident attorneys.