When you’re left alone at the scene of an accident
When your car’s been smashed by a hit and run driver, it’s all you can do not to take the nearest rock and chuck it after them in pure, unadulterated rage.
Instead of chasing them – which is a very, very poor idea, because you will A) never catch the car and B) most likely be caught for speeding yourself – you should instead call the police and report the accident. This goes against every sense of justice, yes. You want to catch the perpetrator, because you want to see him pay for what he did!
With hit and run accidents, it can be difficult to figure out who actually did the crime. Sometimes it happens when you’re not even there, so you get back to your car to find a long scratch or dent along the side of your door panel. What are you supposed to do? Get a Magic 8 Ball? Consult a psychic?
The first thing you can do is see if there are any witnesses around. You can ask what they saw or if they were present when the crime occurred. If they were, make sure to get their contact information. Witnesses often leave town or even the state, so you’ll want to make sure you can reach them again.
Look around the scene. Be creative. If you did get a glimpse of the car before it took off, think hard:
- Do you remember any of the numbers or letters on the license plate?
- What was the color of the car
- Was the car old or new?
- Did the car have a particular rust pattern?
- Did the car have any identifying bumper stickers?
- Was it broken down or did it have a battered piece?
Another creative idea is checking with local stores. Workers who are there all day sometimes people-watch, and they might have seen the crime go down. Additionally, convenience stores have cameras. They might be able to play the tape back for you and see what actually happened.
The local police station might even be able to play back a red light camera for you if there is one in the area. If you are able to see the hit and run on the tape, then you have most of the evidence you need. Your insurance adjuster will thank you for your persistence, and your claim will go a lot more smoothly.
Dealing with a hit and run driver is exhausting. Hiring an attorney can be a great way to get a lot of the work off your plate. Consider checking out the Enjuris law firm directory for help!
Have you had to deal with a hit and run driver? Tell us in the comments below!