Any Californian who has been involved in a hit and run incident may not know what to do in the aftermath. There are several steps that would be beneficial for a person to take if they are able to do so.
Any victim of a hit and run incident is suggested to collect as much information as possible. This will help authorities get a clear picture of what happened and can help someone catch the perpetrator in court. Useful information that should be collected includes the color, make and model of the car that fled the scene. If the person can see the plate number, that is crucial information. Details about the scene of the accident should be collected as well, including when and where the accident occurred. Pictures should be taken of the scene and of any damage, if possible. If any witnesses saw the accident, their accounts could also help.
Seeking a monetary cushion is the next thing that a person should do. Paying for medical care and potentially counseling can cost a lot of money. The Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) is available to any driver who has faced physical or mental trauma due to a hit and run incident. The California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board states that this program can be applied for as long as the person applying faced physical injury or the threat of injury or death. However, monetary compensation can also be obtained from the accused if they are taken to court.
If a person is able to collect information and seek compensation as quickly as possible, it may greatly aid their recovery and the progress of their trial.