Unfortunately, in some car accident in Virginia, the other driver may try to flee the scene of the accident after it happens. That often leaves the victim of the accident confused about what to do next. While the situation is certainly less than ideal, there are something you can do if you were in a Virginia hit and run car accident.
First, the best thing that you can do should actually be done before the accident. You need to make sure you have good car insurance. You can use your policy to recover damages from the driver under your uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage on your policy (we usually recommend that people carry a minimum of $250,000 in this kind of coverage - it protects you against drivers who have bad insurance that wouldn't be able to pay for your injuries if you file a lawsuit).
Second, make sure you file a police report so that law enforcement can track down the individual responsible for your accident.
Ultimately, even if the police can't locate the other driver, you can make a claim with your own insurance policy. This is why having the insurance discussed above is so important. Without significant enough limits on your policy, you may not have adequate coverage for your injuries, lost wages, and/or property damage. Medical bills can pile up quickly if you suffered any major injuries, so don't underestimate the importance uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in a hit and run accident.
If you were the victim of a hit and run accident in Virginia, you will likely want to speak with an experienced personal injury and accident attorney. You can contact our team of experts at (703)584-7277.
Additionally, if you would like more information about the car accident claims process and car insurance, you can request our free report on car accident claims in Virginia.