What is a hit and run accident?
When someone causes an accident and flees the scene (usually to avoid responsibility), it is known as a hit and run. Sometimes this happens on the road. You could be rear-ended and not have a chance to see anything but the taillights of the person who hit you, or you could return to your car to find it damaged with no sign of a responsible party.
Take immediate action
The other driver has sped away, leaving you in a state of disbelief and panic. In the immediate moments after your hit and run accident, it is incredibly important to keep your wits about you and follow the same steps as you would in a normal accident:
- Call the police
- Seek medical attention-either at the scene or with your doctor
- Notify your insurance company
- Collect any witnesses statements and information
- Document the scene with photographs
Once an official police report has been made, seek immediate medical attention and then notify your insurance company. Even if you feel fine, make you have a medical professional evaluate you. You could have life-threatening injuries and not even realize it. Also make sure to document your accident. Every piece of evidence matters in hit-and-run cases.
New Hampshire's hit and run laws
In the state of New Hampshire, the law states that people involved in a collision must stay at the scene or immediately travel to the local police station to report the accident. They must also exchange information, unless a police officer is involved to record them. The driver who fled the scene may be responsible for the damage, medical bills, and other losses.
In addition, they may be charged with a hit and run misdemeanor or felony, a serious criminal offense.
It may be possible to collect damages in a hit and run accident even when the other driver is never identified.
Count on our attorneys
Hit and run cases can be very complicated. And if you make a mistake, you might miss out on your opportunity to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your accident. Your claims process will likely be even more confusing since you will need to make a claim against your own insurance company if the hit-and-run driver cannot be located.
Your case will be easier if you have underinsured or uninsured motorist insurance. But there's no guarantee your claim will automatically be approved. That's why it's important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Contact us using our online form or call 603-742-2332. We can help you get the justice you deserve.