Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, no matter how minor or severe, can leave your head spinning. It makes it even more so when another party flees the scene, known as a “hit and run.” Hit-and-run accidents are usually due to a party not having insurance, or perhaps having an outstanding warrant for their arrest, and they decide to skip out before the police arrive. Meanwhile, you’re still at the scene hoping that a bystander caught the fleeing party’s license plate. It’s not an ideal position to be in, but we’re here to help.
Stay at the scene
By law in the State of Oklahoma, it’s mandatory for drivers to remain at the scene of a car wreck involving vehicle damage, an injury, or death. Drivers must provide aid and give all parties involved their car insurance information and contact information. Drivers who leave the scene of the wreck before doing this are risking a misdemeanor or felony hit-and-run charge and incurring heavy penalties.
So what should you do if you’re involved in a wreck where vehicle damage or injuries are involved, but the other driver(s) leave the scene of the wreck? Proceed as you would if the driver(s) had stayed. Call 911 to have the police (and potentially paramedics) dispatched to the scene. If you’re able to, take photos of your vehicle and find any potential eyewitnesses to your collision.
Let Lloyd & Lloyd help
Lloyd & Lloyd can do the rest. We’ll communicate with the police and any potential eyewitnesses in order to find the driver or drivers responsible for your crash. If we’re able to find them, we’ll assist you in proceeding with legal action against them.
If you’ve already been involved in a hit-and-run collision, you’re not alone. Please contact Lloyd & Lloyd to discuss your legal options as soon as possible.