How Do I File a Claim Against a Seattle Hit and Run Driver?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 1, 2016

When you’re in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may wish to seek compensation by filing a claim against the negligent driver. But, what do you do when you were the victim of a “hit and run” in which the other driver fled the scene before you could get their contact information?

While getting the compensation you need can be tougher when it’s a hit and run driver at fault, it’s not impossible. Start by contacting an experienced Seattle hit and run accident lawyer who can work with you. Then, keep these tips in mind:

Preserve all the evidence you have of the accident.

The evidence you have available after a hit and run accident may be scarce. But, a damaged bicycle, contact information for witnesses, or photos of the accident scene may all provide vital clues. Remember to keep all your doctors’ appointments as well – the more medical information you have about your injuries and future needs, the more complete your claim will be.

Check whether your own auto insurance provides benefits for hit and run accidents.

Many drivers have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage that will pay for their medical bills and other needs after a hit and run accident.  Check your own policy to see if your benefits apply. Bring a copy of your policy to your meeting with your lawyer, as well. Your attorney can help you build a case for a full and fair settlement even if the other driver is never found.

Don’t forget to file a police report.

If a police report was not filled out at the accident scene, contact the nearest police office to make a report as soon as you can. The police can be on the lookout for the driver who hit you, and they may also be able to collect vital evidence at the scene.

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Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped many Seattle residents involved in hit and run accidents. Let us help you and your family next. Call us today at (888) 228-3860.

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