Some of the most exciting sequences in action movies revolve around a car chase. You know the ones. Typically, the hero is running out of time, or running from the bad guys and the odds are stacked against him. And it’s always fun to see the hero with a souped up car zooming in and out of traffic, ramping over buildings, exploding cars, causing 17-car pile ups every quarter mile, and running the villain off the road in order to get away.
But as fun as it is to watch on the big screen, when you are the one getting run off the road, it is a decidedly less enjoyable experience. If you have ever been forced into an accident by another vehicle switching lanes, cutting you off, or making an illegal turn, it can be a frightening experience. After you make sure everyone is okay and you start to breath again, you begin to wonder, “What do I do now?”
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If you have found yourself in this situation, here are some things you should know. First of all, even if the vehicle that ran you off the road does not make contact with your vehicle, you can still recover against that driver, provided that they can be identified. If they do not stop, this can be difficult to do. Getting a license plate number will help, and an eye witness who can verify what happened will go a long way.
Whether you are able to identify the culprit or not, your next step should be to call the police to file an accident report. Some insurance companies have a company policy that the accident must be reported to the police in order for them to pay on behalf of their client. If you are unable to identify the hit and run driver, you may still be covered under an uninsured driver provision in your insurance policy.
Either way, the best way to ensure that you are covered and compensated for this accident is to contact a lawyer. Here at Oldham & Smith we will explore every opportunity for recovery in an effort to get the compensation you deserve. If you would like more information, or would like to schedule a free consultation, contact us today! While we can’t promise that it will be as fun as watching a movie car chase, we will do our best to make your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible!