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How to Handle a Hit and Run Accident

Hit and Run Accidents are a serious offense in Memphis.

Unfortunately many innocent drivers are the victims of hit and run auto accidents in the Memphis and Mid-South area every day. As reported by WREG this week, a woman was left in critical condition following an early morning hit and run accident. Many hit and run accidents result in serious injuries and/or death. As these types of accidents increase, you should know a few common things you as the driver should be aware of following the accident.

If possible, things you should do:

  • Get the license plate number of the other driver and a description of their vehicle. Any information you can retain immediately following the accident can help investigating officers discover the other driver’s identity. Even writing down the make, model or color of the other vehicle can help in that the officers can look for a similar vehicle with property damage evidencing an accident.
  • Call the police immediately. Try to provide the officers with all of the facts of the case including any information about the hit and run driver. Make absolutely certain the officers will file an accident report and obtain the report number from the investigating officer. This report will be absolutely necessary to file the claim with your insurance carrier should the identity of the other driver not be discovered.
  • Call your insurance company and report the accident. Try to make sure your insurance company has a copy of the accident report as soon as possible so that they can make arrangements for a rental car and set up medical payments in you were injured.

Things you should not do:

  • Do not try to pursue or confront the other driver. Let the police do their job after you file the report and provide the necessary information to help with the capture of the hit and run driver. You are more likely than not to be putting yourself in a dangerous position if your try to pursue the other driver.
  • Try to pull your vehicle over to a safe place without blocking traffic. Under normal circumstances we advise you do not move your vehicle, but in these cases where you are the only driver left at the scene of the accident it is more important to safely remove yourself and your vehicle from the roadway.

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident call an experienced personal injury attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494. We will immediately begin investigating the facts of your accident and if possible help to discover the driver’s identity by speaking with witnesses and viewing the accident scene. You may also email Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com, for immediate assistance. We have over 70 years combined experience in dealing with hit and run accidents and pursuing claims on behalf of such victims.

Posted by Brian Chiozza at 3:57 PM
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