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What do I do after a hit-and-run?

| Apr 27, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Even the most minor of fender benders can ruin your day and become a major logistical headache. However, a simple automobile accident becomes much more complicated when the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident decides to speed away and leave you standing there, shocked.

Fortunately, many of the practicalities pursuant to dealing with normal car accidents also apply to hit-and-runs. In the aftermath of a hit-and-run, make sure that you stay at the scene of the accident and talk to any present bystanders.

Stay where you are

It may be tempting to get back in your car and drive off after the culprit. However, this is not a good idea. Particularly if there were any witnesses to the car accident, this will complicate their story.

Instead, focus on what is immediately happening. If anybody has sustained an injury and requires medical attention, call the paramedics. Otherwise, call the police non-emergency number to file a police report. This will help you with your insurance later. You should also take photos of any damage the accident did to your vehicle or surrounding property. The more personal documentation you have of the accident, the easier dealing with the aftermath will be.

Ask for help

Bystanders are particularly useful in hit-and-run accidents. Remember that most people possess smartphones, and, as a result, it is possible that somebody has a recording of the accident. In the event that a bystander was able to get a picture or video footage of a car or driver, this will make it much easier for the police to locate the culprit.