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What to Do After a Hit and Run Accident

A Missouri hit and run accident can lead up to a $5,000 fine and possible jail time. While no one wants to be the victim of this type of accident (or any accident at all for that matter), it continues to happen. So, what do you do when you’re involved?

  • First thing’s first: Make sure everyone is okay. If necessary, call 911 for an ambulance.
  • If possible, try to get a license plate number. This will help the police find the vehicle and the guilty party.
  • File a report. The police will want to know about any witnesses, anything you noticed about the vehicle, and the license plate number if you were able to get it.
  • Take pictures. This will come in handy for insurance purposes, as well as for when the police find the driver.
  • Inform your insurance of the accident. Having the police report on file will help your case in this.

*It’s important to know exactly what your car insurance policy covers. For many, your insurance will not cover any damages done to your car or your medical bills in the case of a hit and run. However, you can specifically ask for hit and run coverage from your auto insurance company.

Most of the time, people will flee an accident because they either don’t have a license, they are wanted for other charges, or they don’t have insurance. A hit and run accident can be extremely complex due to all of the factors involved, so consult an experienced professional for questions regarding your case. Tad Morlan has worked with traffic accidents for over 25 years and can help you get the money damages you deserve from the guilty party.