Hit-and-run accidents can be scary, frustrating, and anxiety-producing because of the many questions you may have about what to do next. From insurance claims to filing police reports, and figuring out the next legal steps, this type of accident can be tricky to navigate alone. A hit-and-run accident involves a driver hitting a person, vehicle, property, or object and fleeing the scene, taking no accountability for the injuries to the person or the damages made to the property. This includes failure to provide assistance and failure to report the accident. Under Washington, D.C. law, first-time offenders of a hit-and-run violation may face a penalty of 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. Penalties may increase depending on how many times a person has been found to have been involved in a hit-and-run violation, as well as depending on the damages that resulted because of the collision.
According to a recent news report, a driver of a car was driving on Frank Tippet Road in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and collided with a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was found unresponsive at the scene and was later pronounced dead. The driver of the car fled after the crash. Police were able to later find the car that was involved in the crash, and were working to identify the driver.
What Next After a Hit-and-Run Accident?
After a car accident, it can be stressful to figure out what next steps to take, including the typical insurance claims. In many accident cases, after an accident happens, drivers exchange insurance information to help with processing claims. In the case of a hit-and-run, you may be wondering what to do next. In addition to seeking any medical attention that may be needed and ensuring your safety, it can be helpful to document the accident. This includes contacting the police and filing a police report so that it can be documented. Taking photos at the scene of the accident, including any injuries or property damage can be helpful. It is also important to contact your insurance company to file a claim. In addition, connecting with an experienced personal injury lawyer can be an essential next step to take. An attorney who has expertise in these types of claims can help you navigate the laws, including laws that concern the statute of limitation, or the deadline you have for being able to file a suit after an accident. Whether you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident, or whether your loved one is the victim of a hit-and-run and suffers injuries or even death as a result, having a lawyer on your side can make the difference in being able to recover damages for you or your loved ones injuries.