Getting into a serious car accident is bad enough. When the driver who caused the wreck flees the scene, it can only make things worse for you and anyone else in your vehicle who has suffered a major injury. Without anyone there to take responsibility for what happened, it can be difficult for you to get your rightful compensation for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.
Still, if you get caught in a hit-and-run wreck in Commerce or elsewhere in Georgia, there are things you can do to keep yourself safe and hopefully track down the person who hit you. Here are three steps to take if this ever happens to you.
1. Make sure everyone is safe
First, check yourself for obvious injuries. If you have any passengers, look to see if they need emergency medical attention, and if they do, call 911. Get your car out of traffic if necessary (and if you are able).
2. Call the police
Even if you don’t think you need an ambulance, call 911 to alert the police as soon as possible. An officer at the crash scene may be able to find evidence of the hit-and-run driver’s identity. They will also interview you about the accident and write the accident report that you will need to submit to the insurance company.
3. Write down what you remember
Memories fade quickly. Write down the details of the crash as soon as you can. Try to include details about the other vehicle, like its make and model, color and license plate number — anything you recall. Ask any eyewitnesses for their contact information so you or your attorney can talk to them later.
Hopefully, the offending driver will be found so they can be held accountable. But if not, you still might be able to get compensation for your injuries through your own auto insurance.