Guest Post – Legal Considerations If You’ve Had A Hit and Run While Traveling In China

Guest Post – Legal Considerations If You’ve Had A Hit and Run While Traveling In China

Legal Considerations If You’ve Had A Hit and Run While Traveling In China

Disclaimer: The contents of this article should not be taken as legal advice and should only be used as a resource to provide information about legal considerations if you’ve had a hit and run while traveling in China. You should always seek for the services of a lawyer specializing in hit and run cases to give you a more in-depth view of this matter.

You’ve been wanting to travel to China for the longest time now, and when your friend invited you to come with her on her China escapade, you happily obliged. There’s so much about China that’s you’re interested in learning about – the culture, the cuisine and of course, the people. And when you finally got to China, you took the time to get out in the streets because this is the best way you can experience China. You loved how different street foods are paraded all over the streets and how the people are very welcoming to tourists like you. However, when you were busy looking into locally-made items on the street, a mad driver hit you and ran off. The driver didn’t even bother to check how were you doing and immediately fled the scene. Because of the injuries you’ve incurred during the hit and run, you’ve decided to take legal action.

Since China is a place you’re not accustomed to, you should be careful on what legal actions you’ll take if you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident. You want to ensure that what you’re doing will benefit you, and not harm you in any way. If you still don’t have any idea on what you should do after what happened, here are some legal considerations if you’ve had a hit and run while traveling in China:

  1. Remain at the scene of the crash

Although it can be tempting to walk out from the scene to save yourself from the crowd of people, don’t. It’s important that you’ll stay at the scene for important reasons. For one, you need to wait for the police to arrive and inform them of what had transpired during the hit and run accident.

  1. Call for medical help right away

You should call for medical help right away, no matter how severe or little your injuries are. Never self-diagnose what you’re feeling because chances are, your injuries can worsen by the minute. Once you regain your consciousness from the accident, call 911 immediately.

  1. Gather as much information

Your hit and run will be easier once you have information about the driver involved. This can be details about the car’s make and model or the plate number. Whatever information you can recall from the accident – if you had the chance to glance what the driver looked like – inform the police about it right away. Don’t let a day pass without doing anything about the accident as your memory might not be as clear. Try to recall all of the information you can from the accident and let the police know about all of this.

  1. Call the police

Inform the police of what happened and relay to the information you have regarding the driver of the vehicle who hit you. In this way, you’ll be able to help the police to identify the person responsible for the accident. File a police report and make sure you have copies of the documents.

  1. Talk to any witnesses

The accident happened on a busy street so most likely, some bystanders were able to witness the hit and run. If you can determine who was present when the accident happened, talk to them and have them cooperate with you. But do so in a calm manner. Never be aggressive towards your witnesses because you might lose the chance of having them work with your case. You want these people to provide evidence proving you’re the victim of the accident and not reverse the story. If they agree to work with you, get their contact numbers and full names as witnesses are crucial in lawsuits like these.

  1. Call your insurance company

Report what happened to your insurance company and relay to them the steps you’ve taken after the accident. Let them know of all the information you have and assure them that you were able to file a police report already. The more information you have about the accident, the better. You want to be covered by your insurance, and that’ll only happen if you were able to present enough evidence.

  1. Work with an experienced attorney

When you’re involved in an accident, you should be careful about what you say or do. For instance, being apologetic when you report the accident to the police might mean that you’re taking responsibility for what happened. Instead of having the driver pay for the damages he/she caused, you might end up with nothing and will actually have pay for everything yourself – and if you’re the victim, you don’t want that to happen. Look for experienced attorneys who were able to handle hit and run cases in the past. Inform them about your situation and what legal actions you’ve taken. Working with professionals, in this case, will give you better leverage while ensuring that you’re practicing your rights.

Your main reason for traveling in China is to enjoy the trip, and not get harmed in any way. And no matter how careful you are in what you do, accidents which are beyond your control will happen. China and the country you’re permanently residing in, have different state laws, and you should take the time to get to know the differences between the two. You want to ensure that you’re getting the most compensation from a hit and run accident because you’re the victim, right? And you can do that by considering what legal options you might have in China.

Vicki Haskett is a law writing enthusiast who’s had over 25 years of experience in her field. She enjoys sharing her experiences with those who want to learn more about the legal world. In her spare time, she spends quality time with her family and friends.

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