Being involved in a Hit-and-run car collision is the act of causing (or contributing to) a traffic crash (such as colliding with a person or a fixture), and failing to stop and identify oneself afterwards. It is considered a crime in most jurisdictions. In many jurisdictions there may be an additional obligation to exchange information about one’s financial responsibility (including any applicable insurance) or to summon emergency services if they are needed. There may also be requirement to leave a note containing pertinent information if the property owner is not present. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit_and_run
Common reasons that people will “hit and run car collision” can be:
- The driver is intoxicated (sometimes these drivers do not even realize they had hit someone).
- The driver may not have insurance.
- The driver may not have permission to drive the car or the car is stolen.
- The driver is unlicensed or driving with a suspended license.
- The driver may have outstanding warrants for tickets or more serious crimes.
- The driver is in the country illegally.
- The driver is transporting stolen property or drugs.
If you’ve been involved in any type of car accident, you have a legal obligation to pull over and exchange insurance information, as well as contact the police if necessary. However, if someone hits you and runs, there are some steps you should take right away:
- Pull over and call the police immediately.
- Write down any details that you can remember about the car that hit you (color, make model, license plate – even if just a partial) and any details about the driver.
- If you are hurt, call an ambulance.
- Ask for the names and addresses of any witnesses at the scene.
- If possible, take photos of your vehicle (especially if another vehicle’s paint is on yours) and the accident scene.
- Contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible. If the hit and run driver cannot be found, then they may provide you with coverage if you are covered for uninsured motorists.
Being involved in an accident can be stressful enough, but being hit by someone that leaves the scene can be make one feel helpless. Contact www.RonKimLaw.com to see if there is a way we can help and ease your frustrations.