Dealing with a hit and run accident

April 25, 2012

At the first mention of the term “hit and run” accidents one always assumes that it is something that happens to somebody else, but the reality is that the number of these accidents is on the rise.

A hit and run accident can be defined officially as a road traffic accident in which a driver of a motor vehicle is involved in a collision with a pedestrian or another vehicle or property belonging to somebody else and deliberately does not give certain details to the person they have injured or to the driver of the vehicle that has been hit or to a police officer. The deliberate avoidance in giving these details is a crime.

Obviously, the usual reason for not supplying that information is that the offending vehicle has been driven off before the information can be supplied.

The Information that should be supplied is the same as any other incident involving a collision such as name, licence number and insurance details.

If a vehicle has collided with another vehicle or somebody else’s property and nobody is around then the usual proper procedure is to leave the details mentioned above attached to the vehicle or property that has been damaged or call the police.

While claiming compensation for hit and run accidents is not easy, it can still be done and success not only depends on contacting a good personal injury solicitor like Lamb & Co who are specialised road traffic accident solicitors, but doing what you can yourself immediately after the incident.

If you have been involved in a hit and run accident and the other driver has driven off without stopping, then you should contact the police as soon as possible. You should also try and record as many details as possible such as the make and colour of the vehicle, the registration number, person or persons inside etc are all important.
Also write down any names and contact details of any witnesses at the scene of the accident.

If your vehicle needs repairs, then keep the receipts of all the repair costs, travelling costs which are incurred as a result of the accident, medical records as these will help your personal injury solicitor ascertain whether there is a viable case for you to claim compensation.

Here at Lamb & Co we have an excellent team of solicitors who have dealt with hundreds of road traffic accidents of all types, including hit and run incidents. Although making a claim for compensation for any injuries inflicted by a hit and run accident is not easy, an interview with our personal injury solicitors will give you an idea of what is possible.