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Help! I’m The Victim of a Hit-and-Run!

Help! I’m The victim of a Hit-and-Run!

There is nothing worse than being involved in an auto accident. You hear the scraping of metal, the crunch of glass, and even though it seems to happen in slow motion there’s usually not much you can do about it. There is nothing worse, except, when the other party decides to flee the scene. That’s right, auto accidents are messy but a hit-and-run is even messier. If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run, you want to make sure you know beforehand how to properly handle the situation, because you may not be thinking clearly in the moment. Here’s a step-by-step process to keep you protected as the victim of a hit-and-run auto accident.

 

  • Call and Stay Safe

 

 

If you are in an accident and realize the other driver has fled the scene, you need to call the police immediately. If you were hit in an area with traffic, make sure you are able to get to a safe place.

 

  • Take Note

 

 

This actually applies no matter what type of accident you are involved in, but it is especially important if you’ve been in a hit-and-run. Make sure you are taking note and observing as many details as possible. If the other driver has already gone, try to recall the color of the vehicle, the make, model as well as the year. Were you able to catch the license place? Write it down! You should also take photos of the scene, your car, and a picture of the other driver/vehicle if at all possible. If there were witnesses, ask them to stay and talk to police and get their account. Note the time and location of the accident as well.

To help you take good notes, make sure you keep a cell phone handy where you can record information, or a little notebook in your glove box.

 

  • Work with Police

 

 

If you haven’t already (or were unable to) the police will help you move to a safe place. When the police arrive, they’ll also want to know as many details as possible, so making sure you thoroughly complete step two will be helpful.

 

  • Contact Your Insurance Company

 

 

When you contact your insurance agent, they’ll help you get started filing a claim. They may be very helpful in getting you and your car back on the road, but sometimes working with insurance can get tricky. Here’s where step 5 comes in handy…

 

  • Hire an Accident Attorney

 

 

Hit-and-run accidents are different than regular auto accidents, which means the entire process it a little bit messier to resolve. There’s no better time to hire an accident than when you’ve been in a hit-and-run. An accident attorney like those at Cockayne Law will have your best interest in mind, take care of the extra paperwork, and work to make sure everything resolves in your best interest.

If you’ve been in a hit-and-run, but sure to contact Cockayne Law as soon as you can after the accident!

Best Ways To Go Hands Free When Driving

Best Ways to Go Hands Free When Driving

Driving a car is a complicated process – we just forget that because we do it so often! You have to be paying constant attention, using your hands and feet, thinking ahead, and evaluating choices every second of the drive. The problem is that the more you drive, the easier it gets, and the more casual we become in our driving habits. We talk to our passengers, fiddle with the radio, zone out, make phone calls, eat cheeseburgers, and even (GASP) text while we drive. It may seem like no big deal, but distracted driving is a huge problem on American roadways. It can endanger you and your family. YOU can even endanger yourself and your family!

That’s why many states have passed laws requiring drivers to use hands-free devices if they plan to use technology while driving. Initially there was a lot of push-back. People were used to using their phones and technology their own way, and didn’t want to purchase fancy new gadgets or learn how to use the hands-free setting options. By now most people have been introduced to hands-free options, but they may not know all of the different choices available to them.

Check out our list of hands-free driving options so you can find the best choice for you and your family – and stay safe out there!

  • Speakerphone: the original hands-free option has been available on most cell phones for the last decade. It’s also one of the easiest and fastest ways to talk while keeping both hands on the wheel. Turn down your music, place your phone in your lap or cupholder where you can hear and be heard, and talk to your heart’s content. Just be careful as you make or answer calls – since that part DOES require some hands.
  • Bluetooth Headset: These were one of the early gadgets for hands-free talking. They are not as popular now, but if you spend a lot of time driving or like to keep your phone out of sight they are still an excellent hands-free option.
  • Central Console Mount: another great option for speakerphone or GPS use without your hands is to get a clip or mount that will hold your phone up and facing you in your center console. Be careful not to spend too long looking at your phone, however, as that can be very dangerous too!
  • Bluetooth Car Audio Sync: Most cars nowadays are featuring bluetooth or USB cable hookups for smartphones. That means you can answer your phone from your steering wheel, talk with your friends, even have your text messages read aloud to you! It makes music navigation easier too!

Do what works for you – but keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and keep your family free of distracted accidents!

Do I Need to Hire an Accident Attorney?

Auto Accident

You’ve recently been in an auto accident and are now trying to put the pieces back together. If it was serious, that can mean a whole slew of things. You may have been injured which means you are physically trying to heal. The police are likely in contact with questions. You may have had to take time off from your job while work piles up. Then there’s the issue of dealing with insurance, taking care of a damaged vehicle, and many other new hurdles that have recently arisen following the accident. Read more