What to Do If Someone Rear Ends You and Leaves
Nov 2, 2023
According to state vehicle crash data, 100,518 crashes occurred in 2021, of which 39,437 were rear-end collisions. If you’re ever involved in an accident, know that it is illegal to flee the scene of an accident. Anyone who leaves the scene may even face jail time.
If you were rear-ended, the law allows you to recover damages for your losses. Read on to learn what steps you can take to recover the compensation you deserve.
Prioritize Your Safety and Report the Accident to Law Enforcement
Your safety comes before anything else. After the accident, pull over to the side of the road and check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If you or anyone involved in the accident sustained injuries, call 911.
Once you have ensured your safety and others, you should report the accident to law enforcement. The accident report is a crucial piece of evidence. Make sure you do not leave the scene before getting the police report.
Gather Information at the Scene
If you feel unsafe getting out of the car, stay inside and wait for the police to arrive.
Regardless, during this time you should remain calm, take pictures of your injuries, and recall as many details about the crash as possible. If someone flees the scene, write down as much about them and their vehicle as possible.
Additionally, speak to witnesses and get their contact information so you can obtain their statements later to support your claim.
Contact Your Insurance Company
After taking care of everything at the scene, contact your insurance company and report the accident to them.
Most insurance policies have a clause that requires you to report your accident to them within a certain timeframe. But be cautious when speaking to your insurance company, and avoid giving them any recorded statements early. You may not know all of your injuries immediately after the accident. They might use your recorded statements to reduce your compensation by arguing that your injuries were not caused by the accident.
Some policies have a cooperation clause, so it’s wise to consult with a car accident attorney before providing any statement.
Seek Medical Care
It’s crucial to seek medical care as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you don’t initially feel injured.
An accident can be stressful. You may not be able to think clearly because of the shock. Your adrenaline is pumping through your body. All these factors can make it difficult for you to realize the extent of the injuries.
Doctors can identify all of your injuries and provide the necessary treatment.
Seek Legal Guidance to Recover the Compensation You Deserve
Arizona is an at-fault state. It means whenever an accident occurs, you file your claim with the other driver’s insurance company to claim your damages.
If the other driver fled the scene, you need to file an uninsured motorist claim with your insurance agency. Uninsured motorist protection covers your bodily injury expenses.
When you file your claim with your insurance company, their interests no longer align with yours. As stated previously, they would use every tactic to lowball your compensation because they are in business for profit.
An experienced car accident lawyer understands all their tactics. They can help you navigate the claim process to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Wattel & York for Your Accident Case
Wattel & York is a personal injury law firm that has assisted numerous car accident victims in Arizona in obtaining the compensation they deserve.
Our car accident attorneys have years of experience handling hit-and-run cases. No matter where you are in the process, we can help you recover your damages. We can use our expertise to strengthen your claim and negotiate on your behalf to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with us and discuss your case.
While dealing with a hit-and-run accident can be challenging, taking the correct steps can lead to a favorable outcome. However, don’t compromise your safety and well-being.
An experienced car accident attorney understands this legal process and can help you get the compensation you deserve.