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What to do if you’re involved in a hit and run

The moments immediately following an accident can be bewildering. You may be injured and in need of medical help or just dazed and unsure of what just happened. Even if you’re perfectly fine, the shock of it all can make the situation confusing. That confusion is even more pronounced when you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident. In your anger and stress, you may think it’s a good idea to chase the fleeing driver. This is never a good idea as it could easily lead to another accident or even have the other driver retaliating against you.

If you’re hit and the other driver flees the scene, here’s what you should do:

  • It may be difficult, but gathering every bit of information you can will be invaluable in the future, both for the police in tracking down the suspect and for the insurance company in filing a claim. Try to determine the make, model and the plate number.
  • Look for anyone who may have witnessed what happened. Try to get their names and numbers or email addresses.
  • Use your phone or camera to take photos of the scene. Take special care to get detailed photos of the damage to your car as this could be important in supporting your claims.
  • Take a note of the exact location and time the accident took place.
  • Call the police to report the crash.

Your next call could then be to a car accident attorney, who might be able to help you with any insurance claims or compensation from the negligent driver.

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