A hit-and-run accident can be scary and stressful, especially as you work to figure out which next steps to take. You may have questions about insurance claims and coverage, you may have questions about police involvement and what will happen next in their investigation, and you may have valid concerns about legal claims. These are not easy questions and can differ on a case-by-case basis. However, it can be important to know what some helpful next steps may be after being a victim of a hit-and-run accident.
A recent news report revealed that a fatal hit-and-run accident occurred in Elkridge, Maryland. This crash involved a motorized bike and two other vehicles early one Sunday morning. Around 3 a.m., police were called to Maryland Route 175 between Interstate 95 and Route 108. According to police, the original vehicle involved in the striking accident left the scene of the accident. The victim was ejected onto the roadway and subsequently struck by another vehicle. While the driver of the second vehicle stayed at the scene of the accident, the first driver who initially struck the biker failed to remain at the scene.
What Should You Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident?
After a hit-and-run accident, as a victim, it can be important to seek any immediate and emergency medical care, and ensure that all victims involved seek such treatment. It can also be important to document at the scene of the crash after ensuring everyone’s well-being and safety. This includes taking photos of the vehicle(s) involved and their damage, taking photos of injuries, taking photos of any debris, and getting contact information for any witnesses. Additionally, speaking with police officers who can take your statement for a report may also be helpful. Police may use information reported from eyewitnesses, traffic cameras, and other clues to help determine and locate the driver who fled. Don’t forget to take the important step of contacting your insurance to notify them of the accident. Sometimes drivers, unfortunately, flee after an accident because they are not insured, which goes against Maryland law. However, notifying your insurance will ensure that you take all the proper steps after such an accident and can help you figure out what your insurance might cover. Finally, connecting with an experienced attorney will be very helpful. An experienced attorney can walk you through potential legal action
to recover damages from the perpetrator.