At Foster Wallace, LLC, we frequently encounter various car accident scenarios. One distressing situation is when the other driver flees the scene of the accident. This action is not just unethical—it is illegal. This article aims to guide you on what to do if you find yourself a victim of a hit-and-run accident in Kansas City, Missouri.
Immediate Steps Following a Hit and Run
Safety First: If you are involved in a hit-and-run, your immediate concern should be your safety. Check yourself and any passengers for injuries. If possible, move your vehicle out of the way of traffic to a safe location. We have unfortunately seen situations where a second car wreck has occurred because the victim did not move his or her car to a safe place after the wreck.
Call the Police: Report the accident to the police immediately. A hit and run is a crime, and the police will document the incident and might be able to help locate the fleeing driver and check potential video cameras to get an identification of the vehicle.
Gather Evidence: If possible, gather as much information about the fleeing vehicle as you can, such as the make, model, color, or any part of the license plate number. Look around for potential witnesses who might have seen the accident and collect their contact information.
Document the Scene: Take photos of your vehicle, the location, and any injuries. This evidence can be valuable in any future legal or insurance proceedings.
Dealing with Insurance
Missouri law requires insurance companies to offer uninsured motorist coverage. If the fleeing driver cannot be located, you may be able to make a claim under your own insurance policy’s uninsured motorist coverage.
Legal Implications and How an Attorney Can Help
Navigating the aftermath of a hit-and-run can be complicated. It involves dealing with police investigations, insurance claims, and potential legal proceedings. At Foster Wallace, LLC, our experienced Kansas City personal injury attorneys are equipped to guide you through this process.
We will work closely with you, ensuring that all necessary accident reports are completed, managing communications with your insurance company, and representing your interests if your case goes to court. Our goal is to ensure you receive the compensation you're entitled to, even in these challenging circumstances.
A hit-and-run accident can be a frightening and stressful experience. But remember, even if the other driver flees the scene, you are not alone. There are legal provisions in place to protect victims of hit-and-run accidents, and help is available.