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How to handle hit-and-run accidents

Hit-and-run accidents are occurring more frequently on the roads in Atlanta. Many people who suffer injuries in this type of accident are struggling to understand their circumstances. They may not know what actions they can take to improve their situations because they may not have much information about the motorists who hit them. They may also be struggling with severe injuries that can interfere with their ability to manage their situations.

Here is a breakdown of what motorists can do to improve the outcome of their hit-and-run accidents.

Call the authorities

Even though many motorists do not know who hit them, it is still necessary for them to call the authorities. They should make police reports so there is legal documentation of their hit-and-run accidents to provide to their insurers. It may be challenging for some of them to recall every single identifying aspect of the hit-and-run motorist, but every detail they can provide to law enforcement can help improve the chances of apprehension. Critical details that can help include license plate information and the makes, models, colors and unique features that the vehicles have, such as stickers. If possible, people should also take pictures of their damaged vehicles and gather witness information.

Seek out immediate medical treatment

Personal injuries are common in hit-and-run accidents. Some people end up with little to no injuries and often feel fine after the collision. Others are not so fortunate and may have moderate to severe injuries. No matter how they feel, victims of hits and runs should seek out medical attention. They may have injuries and not know it. The effects of some injuries may not occur until later.

Contact their insurance companies

Many hit-and-run offenders do not have insurance. Victims of hit-and-run car accidents should contact their insurers to file claims. The information in their police reports and medical records can help to expedite the claims process. When it comes to dealing with insurers, it is best for car accident victims to avoid saying anything about how they feel, whether or not they have injuries and if they were at fault. They should also avoid making certain statements.

Hit-and-run car accidents are not always so easy to resolve. The circumstances surrounding the accidents and the actions the victims take immediately afterward can affect their outcomes. People who sustain injuries in hit-and-run accidents should speak to an attorney about their situations to learn their options.

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