When a driver at fault flees the scene of a car accident, it might be possible to locate the offender, but that is not always the case.
The priority after any car accident is to check everyone for injuries, but time is of the essence in a hit-and-run. If you can react quickly enough, do your best to take clear photos of the vehicle and its license plate as soon as possible. Otherwise, immediately write down the vehicle’s make, model, and other distinguishing information if possible.
Attempting to pursue the driver is dangerous, so stay with your vehicle and call 911. The responding officer will ask for detailed information, which will be used for a police report. They can also investigate what happened, speak to potential witnesses, and try to locate the at-fault driver. There might also be available surveillance footage if any cameras were at the scene.
After seeking medical attention if needed call your auto insurance provider to tell them what happened then get in touch with a car accident lawyer who can help with injuries and property damage claims.
Will I Be Able to Get Insurance Coverage?
If the other vehicle cannot be located coverage will fall under your own auto insurance policy for an uninsured motor vehicle. This would also be the case if it was not a hit and run but a phantom vehicle caused an accident and the identity of the driver cannot be obtained or a vehicle that caused the accident simply did not have auto insurance.
A standard policy in New Jersey, there is a minimum requirement for uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. You can purchase higher limits as well and I suggest you do as it’s typically inexpensive.
Our Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams Can Help You After a Hit-and-Run
A hit-and-run accident can leave you feeling helpless, but options may be available. Contact our knowledgeable Monmouth County car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams today. Call us at 732-351-2800 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. We are located in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. We serve clients in the Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, and Monmouth County areas and throughout the state.