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What to do if you are hit by a hit-and-run driver

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

There were 10,631 hit-and-run accidents in Kentucky in 2020. Those accidents caused 967 injuries and 28 deaths.

Hit-and-run accidents can be particularly stressful for victims because it is difficult to seek compensation from an unknown driver. However, you may have options.

What is a hit-and-run accident in Kentucky?

A hit-and-run accident is an accident where the driver of a vehicle collides with another vehicle, object or person and then leaves the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is against the law in Kentucky.

What can I do if someone hits my vehicle and takes off?

First, do not try to pursue a hit-and-run driver. Check on your passengers and then call 911 for assistance. Get as much information about the driver and vehicle that hit you as you can. Useful information includes the license plate number, color, make and model of the vehicle, description of the driver and any damage to the vehicle and the direction the driver went.

Talk to any witnesses at the scene and check for surveillance cameras. If the accident occurred near a place of business or the home of someone with a doorbell camera, there could be footage that the police can use to identify the driver. Finally, talk to your insurance company about any coverage on your policy that may apply to your claims, such as collision, medical payments, personal injury protection and uninsured motorist coverage.

Dealing with a hit-and-run driver is a frustrating experience. However, even if the police are unable to identify the driver, you may be able to pursue compensation through your insurance policy.