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

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Getting into a fender bender is a good way to ruin your day. However, things become even worse if the other person involved in your accident decides to drive off. At that point, the situation becomes a hit-and-run and now you have a criminal situation.

Understanding how to handle the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident is a must. According to State Farm, you will want to stay put at the scene and talk to any witnesses to the accident.

The wisdom in staying put

It is common to deal with a lot of adrenaline after any kind of car accident, even a minor one. This may encourage you to get in your own car and drive off after the other person tries to flee. However, this is never a good idea. Particularly if there are any eyewitnesses to the accident, their reports will probably be quite conflicted if both cars drive off from the accident scene.

Instead, make sure to call 911 if anybody has an injury. Beyond that, simply start documenting the scene of the accident as well as you can. Make sure to call the police non-emergency number to make a report if nobody has sustained an injury.

Talking to others

It is always a good idea to talk with eyewitnesses after any accident. However, for a hit and run it becomes even more important because most people have smartphones. It is possible that a bystander realized a hit-and-run was going on and managed to get some video footage of the culprit before he or she drove away. If so, this will make it much easier for the police to track him or her down.