Being in a hit and run accident can be a small thing or it can have a profound impact on your life.
With that thought in mind, what should you do if unfortunately in such an accident?
The hope is that you escape with no injuries and ultimately catch person behind the wheel.
So, what kind of impact could such an accident have for you moving forward?
Don’t Let a Hit and Run Define You
When dealing with a hit and run accident, here are some keys to keep in mind:
1. Your well-being – Above all else, make sure you get physical care following the accident. You could have an injury or two that do not show themselves at first. For example, you could have a concussion and not realize it. If medical personnel do not respond to the scene, go and get checked out as soon as possible. That is with your doctor or a nearby medical facility. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
2. Getting evidence on the person – Another key focus needs to be finding out who it was that hit you. While some drivers flee a hit and run scene for simple fear, others have something to hide. They could have been drinking while behind the wheel. They might have a bad driving record or even a warrant out for their arrest. The goal is to find the individual sooner than later. One way to go about that is by doing some searching online. If you or someone at the scene was able to get the license plate info, this is a good start. You can go online and do a California license plate search. Such a search may lead authorities to the driver and their whereabouts. While you should never take such matters into your own hands, giving info to authorities is fine.
3. Reviewing how your vehicle did – It is also key to determine how your vehicle held up if you were hit while driving. In the event the vehicle did not do so well, will you have to consider buying something else? Always wait until liability is determined before going to get another vehicle. If you have to go about buying another vehicle, do your best to find the safest set of wheels out there. This will give you a better sense of safety behind the wheel and not worrying about another accident.
4. Feeling confident to again – Unless hit while out walking or on a bicycle or motorcycle, odds are it was in a vehicle. That said will you regain the confidence you need to be driving again? If not, this can put you at a higher risk for an accident moving ahead. Do all you can to regain that confidence behind the wheel. Being a nervous driver is not good for you or the people around you on the roads.
When you have had a hit and run impact your life, how do you feel you will come out of it?