If you sustain injuries in a collision with a reckless or inattentive driver, you can at least take comfort in the fact that you can pursue compensation from the liable motorist. But what if the at-fault driver flees the scene?
Unfortunately, hit and run collisions are far more common—and more devastating—than most people realize. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute reports that the annual number of fatal hit and run accidents has been on the rise in recent years.
If you were hurt in a hit and run accident, contact The Law Office of Brian K. Branch. Since 1997, our firm has been providing compassionate yet aggressive representation for personal injury victims throughout New Mexico. Call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free case evaluation with a back injury lawyer in Albuquerque.
Read on to learn the Dos and Don’ts of responding to a hit and run collision:
1. Do Not Follow the Fleeing Driver
Even if you were not responsible for the collision, leaving the scene could have serious repercussions and ultimately compromise your best interests. If you try to follow the fleeing driver, you will miss your chance to get the contact information of any potential witnesses, and it may lead police to question your own liability in the accident.
2. Do Record Eyewitness Statements
Pull over to a safe place and look for any eyewitnesses. Pedestrians, shopkeepers, and other motorists might have seen the vehicle that hit you. Get their contact information and record their statements.
3. Do Call the Police
If you were unable to get the other motorist’s license plate number, you may be wondering how the police are going to help. Regardless of any evidence you have or have not gathered, it is essential that you call the police following a hit and run collision. The police will create an accident report, which you will need to file your claim.
4. Do Not Postpone Medical Care
If someone struck your vehicle and you feel fine, you may be more concerned about the property damage than any potential injuries. Some car accident injuries do not manifest symptoms immediately, though, so it is critical that you undergo a medical evaluation as soon as possible.
If you sustained neck or back injuries in a hit and run accident, you may feel hopeless when it comes to recovering compensation, but there are several avenues worth pursuing. The attorneys at The Law Office of Brian K. Branch can evaluate your case and provide comprehensive legal guidance.
With 32 years of combined experience, our lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and litigation experience to help you fight for the maximum compensation. Call 505-207-4401 to schedule a free consultation with a head injury attorney in Albuquerque. You can learn more about car accident claims in New Mexico by visiting the USAttorneys website.