Hit and Run Accidents in Champaign Urbana and across Illinois are frustrating and dangerous. It is vital to stay cool and protect your right to compensation with a local Attorney.
Car accidents can be a traumatizing experience. The concentration of major State and National Interstate highways and travelers in the Champaign Urbana and Danville Areas make Central Illinois a hotbed for accidents. Hit-and-run accidents can be even scarier. After all, the other person, who is often guilty of negligence behind the wheel and also Illinois Vehicle Code Violations, has left the scene, and you might be afraid that you won't get the help that you need. There are several things you should do after a hit-and-run accident both to preserve the safety of yourself and other passengers of the car, and to preserve your right to compensation from the other driver and most importantly, the other driver's insurance company. Just because the other driver has broken the Illinois law and fled the scene of the accident, it does not mean that the other driver is not carrying an insurance policy which will be legally liable to compensate you or a loved ones for injuries from the accident. These things will allow you to get the help you need and will increase the chances of the culprit being caught.
Yes, it can be tempting to chase after the other driver. After all, you don't want the other person to get away with hitting your vehicle and causing damage and pain and suffering. Chasing after the other driver is not going to solve the problem, though. In your angry state, you may cause another crash. Furthermore, Illinois law does not allow you to break other rules of the road in pursuing another individual. Instead, do you best to gather all of the information and details about the other car as you possibly can and write them down as quickly as possible. You can record these details in your phone, or even do a voice recording and take pictures. This make the Police's job easier in apprehending the other driver and allowing you to recover. Stay where you are, and check for injuries to yourself and others. Allow the police to find the hit-and-run driver.
Contact the Police and Your Insurance Company
Call the police as soon as possible after the accident. Provide them with as much information as you can about the driver and the accident. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents often catch people by surprise. You may not be able to get the vehicle's full license plate number. You may not have a complete description of the driver. Remember as much as possible about the vehicle and the driver as you can, though. Information about the direction the person is traveling will also be helpful to police. Potential damage to the vehicle may also aid the police in finding the hit-and-run driver. Finally, make sure you have a firm description of the make, model, and color of the other car. The Police are very good at finding cars and criminals in Illinois and even the most minor detail is often enough for them to do their job.
Additionally, your insurance company may also be liable to assist you financially and to compensate you for your injuries after a hit and run accident in Champaign Urbana or across Illinois even if you do not know the other driver's identity. Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is purchased for this reason.
Even if you are not able to provide adequate information to the police, witnesses may be able to fill in the blanks. If possible, ask anyone nearby who witnessed the accident to stay around and provide a report to the police. Nearby security cameras may also be able to help the police identify the person. Also, don't forget than any passengers in your car are also witnesses as well as victims.
If you were injured in an accident where the other driver fled the scene, contact us. We will work to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you have specific questions, feel free to visit Koester & Bradley's ever-expanding database of Champaign Auto Accident Frequently Asked questions for guidance.
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Ryan R Bradley is a civil litigator based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing plaintiffs in a variety of cases form medical malpractice to automobile accidents.