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Hit and run car accident in Iowa? We can help.
Hit and run car accidents are just that – a negligent driver “hits” someone then “runs” or flees the scene. Iowa law dictates that if you are involved in an accident – you must stop! The law applies in situations were there is only property damage as well as cases involving injury up to and including cases in which there is a fatality.
Even though that is the law of the land, unfortunately there are times when negligent drivers choose to flee. Excuses range from, “I didn’t know I was in an accident” to “I have a warrant and didn’t want to get caught” and everything in between.
In Iowa, “uninsured motorist” insurance is optional coverage so it important to understand what you are buying in the way of insurance and it is just as important to have an experienced lawyer review your policy with you if you are involved in such a case. Our personal injury lawyers strongly recommend people purchase uninsured motorist coverage so that you can have your bills covered and be compensated fairly should you be hit by an uninsured driver.
What to do if you are in a hit and run:
Regardless of the reason, if you find yourself the victim of a hit and run, the lawyers at Des Moines Injury Law.com recommend a few basic steps you can take to help protect yourself:
Call 911 immediately!
Make your best effort to get details of the offending car. License plate (even partial) is most helpful but make, model, and color of the car, number of occupants, description of occupants, and any other detail you can observe is beneficial as well. Some insurance policies may void the coverage needed to make such a claim if you fail to make a reasonable attempt at obtaining the needed information.
In a situation when the other driver does stop, we recommend obtaining the above information as well as the VIN in case the offending driver provides you with false information. Remember, there is no such thing as too much information.
We STRONGLY suggest you DO NOT try to track down the other driver or follow him or her. The ramifications of such action could be worse than the initial crash. Let the police do the investigating.
Contact A Des Moines Hit and Run Attorney:
Once you have attended to injuries, contact us via Email or call us at 515-493-HURT for a no cost consultation.