You have rights even when you don’t know who hit you in a car accident in North Carolina. Make sure you call the police immediately and file a report with them and inform your insurance of the accident. If possible, get contact information for witnesses and record a voice memo providing all the details you remember about the make and model of the car that hit you. Take photographs at the scene. Seek medical treatment and call a lawyer.
At Rhine Law Firm, we have over 34 years of experience defending people like you. Our team is experienced, thorough, and determined to succeed. If you’ve been in a car accident, contact us for a free consultation. The initial consultation offers a no-obligation opportunity to ask questions and determine whether you have a valid claim for compensation.
What Should I Do Right After a Hit and Run Accident?
As noted, the first thing you should do is call the police to report the accident. North Carolina law requires all vehicular accidents to be reported to law enforcement which provides an important record of the collision. In addition, don’t pursue the hit-and-run driver. Doing so takes the law into your own hands. You don’t know them, and they’ve already shown themselves to be reckless and dangerous.
As soon as possible after the accident, while your memory is fresh, take note of what you can remember about the vehicle that hit you and the driver if you saw him/her. This will be very helpful in an investigation. If you are too upset to write, record a phone voice memo as soon as possible.
Try to include, for example:
- Vehicle size, color, make, and model
- License plate details
- Bumper stickers or other distinctive details on the vehicle
- Details you may have noticed about the driver
Include information about your destination. Describe the direction the hit-and-run driver was traveling, when
How Can I Help My Case After a Hit and Run Accident?
You can be proactive. Submit an insurance claim after a hit-and-run. The provisions of your coverage for uninsured motorists may apply to a hit-and-run accident. Cooperate with the police. However, they may lack the resources necessary to investigate your accident thoroughly. A law firm experienced in hit-and-run cases can retain private investigators who will support local police. In addition, an attorney moves the case forward and helps secure your legal rights as a victim of a hit-and-run accident.
Contact Us at Rhine Law Firm for a Free Consultation
When it really matters, Rhine Law Firm, P.C. is here for you. We will work with local law enforcement to find out the facts of your hit-and-run accident. In addition, we offer aggressive personal injury representation on a contingency basis, which means we don’t receive attorney fees unless we win or settle your claim. So take action now and schedule a free consultation today.