According to Fox 13 News, a man died Monday night after a hit and run near Highland Drive and Fort Union Boulevard. Witnesses reported seeing a man lying on the road with cars trying to avoid the man before he was hit. Police later identified the man as Nathan Brown. Our hearts go out to the family of Nathan Brown. Any accident involving someone’s death is always tragic, and everything should be done to try and prevent such accidents from happening. Although little is known regarding the reason for the accident, and because of the nature of the accident, we aren’t entirely sure what could have been done to prevent the accident, we have some general ideas about hit and runs.
If you are the driver:
- Always drive alert. Driving when you are fatigued is a recipe for disaster. When you are tired and not adequately prepared to drive, it can slow your reaction time. Those precious seconds could be all the difference between avoiding a potential problem and a devastating accident. There is nothing wrong with postponing a trip or asking someone else to drive if you are not at your best. You won’t regret it later.
- When it is dark, be on the lookout for possible movement ahead of you. If you are on the road without any oncoming cars, turn on your brights to better illuminate your path, allowing you to see where you are going.
- If you accidentally back into someone’s car in a parking lot, striking their car on the side of a street, etc. stop and inform the individual. Own up to your mistake! You would hope that someone would do the same! If you are in a rush, leave a note under the windshield wipers of the car. The fact of the matter is, you hit someone. You should treat it as if you were involved in a fender-bender. Exchange insurance information or offer to pay for the damage outright if you are worried that your insurance premiums will increase.
If you are the person who is hit:
- Try to obtain the driver’s license plate number if possible. Snap a quick picture on your phone or write it down. Also, document/remember the make, model, color of the car that did the damage. This information could be useful to police officers.
- Take a picture of the damage on your phone. This picture could be used as evidence.
- Interview witnesses. If you were not a witness to what happened, but someone did happen to see the incident, ask them what they saw. This could include some of the information above.
- Call the police and report it. You need to be able to provide the policemen with useful information if you can. The police will likely ask you to complete an accident report.
- Report the hit and run to your insurance company.
It is important to understand that following a hit and run accident, you have options concerning your insurance company. For example, you can use your Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM Coverage). Any situation, where you cannot identify the insurance of the other driver, you can make a claim with your own insurance company to pay for that damage.