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

| Oct 7, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Nobody starts their day off wanting to deal with the aftermath of an automobile accident, but the situation becomes much more stressful if the other party involved in the incident drives off without a trace. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are distressingly common.

Dealing with a hit-and-run collision is a little bit different than dealing with other kinds of car accidents. Staying at the scene of the accident is vital if somebody has hit you and driven off, according to State Farm Insurance.

Why should I let the culprit get away?

Your first impulse may be to give chase after the culprit, but this is not a good idea. If two cars are in a collision and both of them drive off, it is likely that this will confuse eyewitnesses to the accident. If the eyewitnesses are not able to tell who was at fault in the accident, this can cause you problems in the future with the law and with your insurance.

Of course, you should move your vehicle out of the path of traffic if necessary. You should also call 911 if anybody involved sustained an injury. Otherwise, stay at the scene of the accident and call the police non-emergency number to file a police report.

Should I talk to the eyewitnesses?

Yes, talking to the eyewitnesses is a very good idea. In addition to helping you with the police report, it is possible that an eyewitness may have captured a photo or video footage of the culprit. If an eyewitness has a photo of the car or the license plate number of the culprit, it will be much easier for the police to locate him or her.