Perhaps you recently witnessed a hit-and-run accident, or you wonder what you should do if someone hits you and drives off. Either way, your response to the accident affects your right to compensation.
NextAdvisor explains the steps to take after a hit-and-run accident. Understand how to protect your rights and build your legal case.
Prioritize your health and that of anyone in the car with you. Call first responders to the scene if you or anyone else sustained injuries. If possible, maneuver your vehicle to the side of the road out of the flow of traffic.
Contact the authorities
After calling 911, summon the police to the scene of the accident. A police report supports your case, and you may need it for an insurance claim. Even if you and your passengers feel fine, have the authorities make a report. Call sooner rather than later, as you cannot afford to waste a second in a hit-and-run accident. You want the authorities to look for the at-fault party ASAP.
Write as much information as you remember about the other vehicle and driver. Note the make, model, color, license plate number, and the direction in which the vehicle drove off. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and injuries you sustained. If anyone witnessed the accident, gather statements and contact information.
Contact your insurance provider
After the police and paramedics leave the scene, contact your auto insurance company. Depending on your policy, you may have coverage for hit-and-run accidents.
Do not lose hope when a driver leaves the scene of an accident. You may still build a case and receive compensation.