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What to Do After a Hit and Run Situation
If you are even involved in a hit and run situation, your first reaction is to probably remain there in disbelief – if you are not hurt too badly. However, you can help catch the hit and run driver if you take note of what is happening immediately. Train yourself to take note of what is going on around you so that you can get as much information about the vehicle as you can – and then let the shock of the situation set in.
If you have a dashboard camera system, always make sure it is on. You never know when something illegal is going to happen. If you don’t have a dash cam, it is a good investment. With a dash cam, you have a better chance of getting a description of the vehicle that hit you. If you are walking, you’ll have to rely on memory to regarding the description of the driver. Today’s technology also allows you to mount a dash cam directly to bicycle or motorcycle
Get a Good Look
If someone hits you and suddenly drives away, try to get the color of the vehicle. If you can determine the make of the vehicle, this can also be a big help to law enforcement. If you have time, take pictures of the vehicle as it drives away. Take note of which direction the vehicle takes when it leaves. Follow it with your eyes as far as you can. Write down or dictate into your phone what you see.
Contact Authorities and Your Attorney
After you get all of the information you can, call the police right away. Give them everything you remember seeing so that they are able to try to track down the hit and run driver. If you are hurt, seek medical attention immediately. Then, contact a Georgia traffic law attorney to help you prosecute the case. Even though you may not be able to identify a driver to sue immediately, the attorney will help you with the steps to take and will help you get information from the police as it becomes available.
Always check with the police to get updates on your case. Do not wait for them to call you. If you are hurt and in the hospital, an immediate family member should contact an attorney on your behalf and should also contact the police for updates regarding the hit and run driver.
If you have been involved in a hit and run, contact Treadaway & Treadaway today to schedule a consultation.