Sharing the road with trucks is just a part of being on North Dakota roads. You would be hard-pressed to completely avoid driving in a large truck’s vicinity as you traverse the state’s highways. As such, it is important to be prepared to drive around them as safely as possible and be prepared in the event you are ever in any type of accident with one of these oversized vehicles. For instance, what if you were clipped by a truck and the truck just kept on driving? The driver may have fled the scene in fear of repercussions or may not have even been aware that the truck made contact with your vehicle. Either way, this type of encounter can be anxiety-inducing, to say the least. Here, we will explore the critical steps to take if you find yourself a victim of a hit and run involving a truck in North Dakota.
What Do I Do Right After an Accident Occurs?
First and foremost, if you ever find yourself clipped by a truck that fled the scene, prioritize your safety. The immediate aftermath of a hit and run can be disorienting and stressful. Ensure your safety and the safety of others by moving your vehicle to a secure location, away from traffic if possible. Activate your hazard lights to alert other drivers to the situation.
While the incident is still fresh in your mind, try to gather as much information as possible. Note the color, make, and model of the truck, along with any distinguishing features such as logos, license plate numbers, or damage to the vehicle. If there are witnesses, ask for their contact information.
You should also try to document the scene as best as possible. This may include taking photographs of the accident scene, including your vehicle, any damage sustained, and the surrounding area. These visual records can serve as valuable evidence when dealing with insurance companies or pursuing legal action.
Furthermore, you should report the hit and run accident to local law enforcement immediately. Provide them with all of the details you have gathered. Be as accurate as possible. Quick reporting increases the chances of law enforcement tracking down the responsible party.
You should also be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Even if you don’t feel immediate pain or injury, this is an important step to take. After all, some injuries may not manifest until hours or even days after the incident. When you seek medical attention, you will have medical records documenting your condition. Your records will be critical for any potential personal injury claim.
Promptly inform your insurance company of the hit and run. Provide them with all the details you have collected and be sure to obtain a copy of the police report. Insurance companies often have specific procedures for hit and run claims, so be sure to follow their guidance.
Contact Pringle & Herigstad for a Consultation
Being clipped by a truck in a hit and run incident is a distressing experience. Taking swift and comprehensive action is essential to protecting your rights. Do not delay in reaching out to the trusted personal injury team at Pringle & Herigstad for assistance. Contact us today.