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What to do if the other driver leaves the scene

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Alaska law requires individuals who have been in a car accident to remain at the scene and make a good faith effort to render aid. At the scene, drivers are also required to exchange insurance and contact information. However, even if the other motorist involved flees the accident scene, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to hold that person accountable for his or her actions.

You’ll still want to call for assistance

Your responsibilities don’t change after a crash simply because you were left on your own. Therefore, the first thing that you’ll need to do is call the police. You may also need to request an ambulance or other forms of assistance if necessary. While you’re waiting for help to arrive, take photos, seek witnesses and gather other evidence that may be available. After an officer arrives, you can make a statement that will likely be included in a formal police report.

Seek treatment and file an insurance claim

Ideally, you’ll seek treatment as soon as authorities allow you to depart the scene of your motor vehicle accident. You should also file a claim with your insurance company as quickly as possible. If you have comprehensive coverage on your policy, that will typically help cover any damages incurred if the other motorist is not found.

Compensation may be available to you for medical bills and other expenses if you get into a car accident that a reckless driver causes. This may be true even if the other driver isn’t found right away, or at all. In the event the other driver fled because of a lack of insurance, you may be able to take legal action against that person to obtain a financial award.