You’re driving down the street on morning, on your way to work. You enter an intersection on a green light. Suddenly, a driver from across the street speeds through a red light and plows into your passenger-side door. You’re stunned. When you get your wits about you, you look around to find that the driver has sped away.
So-called hit-and-run accidents are illegal. Under Tennessee law, if the driver of any vehicle hits another person, the driver must stop the vehicle and render aid for injuries, if necessary. The driver must stay at the scene of the crash until law enforcement arrives.
If you’re the victim of a hit and run, here are the top things you should do immediately following the accident:
- If there are any eye witnesses to the collision, ask them to give you a report of the accident and any details that might help you track down the assailant. Such details might include a physical description of the driver, the direction the driver was headed, the vehicle license plate number as well as the vehicle make, model and color. Note down the witness’s contact information.
- Call emergency services and file a police report.
- Record all relevant details about the accident. This may include noting down the date, time and location of the incident as well as photographing any pertinent evidence, such as vehicle damage or personal injury.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Consult with a personal injury attorney for guidance on your recourse.
Being the victim of a hit and run can be a traumatic experience. However, having an experienced lawyer on your side can help you get the justice you deserve.