Idaho State Police reported a vehicle being forced off the road due to impact from a car crash. A van was struck from behind by and SUV forcing the van off the roadway, through a fence and into a ditch. The driver and passenger of the van were reportedly injured from the collision. They were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. The driver of the SUV was not injured. All involved in the collision were reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the car crash.
What to Do After Being Forced Off the Road by Another Driver
Being forced off the road by another driver is often very dangerous and leads to serious injuries from the vehicle striking inanimate objects such as trees or fences. To make matters worse, hitting an inanimate object other than another car is considered a single car accident and falls under collision coverage. You’ll want to be prepared to pay the deductible listed on your collision auto insurance coverage. In addition, if it is a hit and run accident, it is likely the other driver will get away with it unless there were witnesses.
The following are a few steps to do after being forced off the road by another driver.
1. Call the Police
Protect yourself legally and financially as soon as possible by calling to report the accident. It will be greatly beneficial if you can remember the color, make, and model of the vehicle that ran you off the road. Also, any identifying characteristics of the driver and if possible, the license plate number.
2. Identify Who Ran You Off the Road
Sometimes an at-fault driver may not even realize they ran you off the road. For instance, if you were cut off and they kept driving not realizing they’d caused an accident. These types of cases can be extremely frustrating if there is no one to place fault on.
3. Assess Damages
When a vehicle is run off the road, there is often a lot of damage. Hitting a fence or guardrail will cause physical damage to the vehicle. If your vehicle did not strike the at-fault driver’s vehicle, it is more than likely that your auto insurance will use your collision coverage to cover the cost of the damages to your vehicle. However, it depends on your particular situation.
4. Evaluate Injuries
If you have been injured, seek medical attention. The at-fault driver could be held liable, but each case is different. Regardless, it is important to your health to make sure you receive proper medical care.
If you are not able to get the at-fault driver’s information, some states allow an uninsured motorist claim to be filed under your own insurance policy and list the at-fault driver as a phantom driver. However, you would have to have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy.
5. Gather Contact Information of Any Witnesses
Eyewitnesses to car accidents such as being forced off the road are crucial. For instance, an eyewitness may be able to get the license plate number of the at-fault driver or other important identifying assets. Get the contact information of anyone who saw the accident. You should also ask any witnesses to cooperate with police by giving a statement.
6. Contact an Experienced Car Crash Attorney
Being run off the road can be very scary. Most of the time, if two vehicles did not make contact, the accident is considered a single car accident. Every case is different. Don’t hesitate to contact the experienced car crash attorneys at Brent Gordon Law to evaluate you case during a free consultation. This is your opportunity to discuss your case with an experienced and trusted car crash attorney. Call our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467 or our Pocatello law office at (208) 232-7274 to get started on your case.
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