If you have been by a vehicle and they fled the scene without talking to you, you are a victim of a hit-and-run. A hit-and-run accident is when a vehicle hits another, a pedestrian, or any other piece of property without stopping to exchange contact numbers or check the other party’s wellbeing. Such accidents are commonly seen at cross-sections, parking lots, etc.
No matter what the circumstances may be, a hit-and-run driver has committed a crime. In Nevada, a hit-and-run that causes property damage is called a misdemeanor. If it leads to injury, it is termed a Class B felony. The more severe the damage, the worse the legal penalty. Consult with a group of Las Vegas lawyers today.
Steps to take after a hit-and-run accident
- Call the police and get a police report.
One of the first things to do after an accident is to call the police. They arrive at the accident scene in less than 10 minutes and ensure everyone is safe. They also call for medical help and emergency services if needed. Most importantly, the police make a report of the details of the accident. This may include information about the vehicles, road conditions, weather conditions, etc. This is valuable information in determining fault.
- Do not run after the fleeing driver.
It is tempting to want to go after the fleeing driver, and at that moment, it may feel like you can actually succeed in catching them. However, that does more harm than good in most cases. The fleeing driver must be going at a fast speed, and so will you to catch up to them. This can increase the risk of being in another accident. Moreover, it is illegal to leave the site of the accident without informing the authorities.
- Identify the other car.
You will not have a lot of time on your hands to study the fleeing car. However, it is crucial to make use of those few seconds to note down the car brand, model, color, license plate number, and any other details that you think might be helpful in finding the car. Pay attention to the driver’s appearance as well. The clothes they were wearing, the color of their skin and hair, etc., are all important pieces of information.
- Find witnesses.
If your accident has unfolded in a public place and in broad daylight, it is highly likely that you will be able to find witnesses. After you have informed the police, look around the accident site and talk to people. Ask them if they saw the incident and note down what they saw. Do not forget to take their contact information.