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How to proceed if another motorist flees the scene of a crash

On Behalf of | Sep 24, 2021 | Car Accidents |

If you have been involved in an accident while traveling on a Virginia road or highway, it’s important to stop at the scene of the crash. It’s also a good idea to call police, evaluate everyone in your car for injuries, and start gathering evidence that might be helpful when filing an insurance claim. This is typically true even if the other driver leaves the scene.

The importance of calling the police after an accident

Even if the other driver leaves the scene of a crash, it’s still your legal responsibility to stay where you are. It may also be your responsibility to call the police in an effort to render aid to any passengers who may be injured. When an officer arrives, they will compile a report that will likely be sent to your insurance company. Furthermore, the officer can call an ambulance on your behalf or take steps to locate the driver who left after the accident occurred.

There is a chance that the other driver will be found

It’s not uncommon for authorities to locate motorists after leaving the scene of an accident. This is because such drivers may leave key clues about their identity at the crash scene. Alternatively, they may come back to the scene of the accident in an effort to do the right thing.

What if the other driver isn’t found?

If the driver who caused your motor vehicle accident isn’t found, you may still be entitled to compensation. Your insurance company may be liable for payment of medical bills, lost wages or other damages per the terms of your existing policy.

It will likely be harder to obtain compensation for injuries after a crash if the driver who caused the accident cannot be found. However, it’s important to stay calm, call the police and take other steps to build a case against whoever may be responsible for your injuries in the event that they are found.


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