Knowing how to react after a car accident is not always easy, but it can be especially difficult when a driver hits your vehicle and then drives away. A hit-and-run accident can leave you with serious injuries and property damage.
While State Farm notes that uninsured motorist coverage can assist you, such an accident still may leave you with a variety of problems, so knowing which actions to take after a hit-and-run accident can help you stay calm.
1. Remain at the scene
After a hit and run, it is wise to remain at the scene rather than try and chase the other vehicle. This could cause further injury or damage to other drivers and pedestrians in the area, especially if the other driver speeds in an attempt to flee. Do all you can to safely identify the vehicle, but otherwise, get to a safe location and call the police.
2. Collect information
Once you inform the police about the accident, collect data for them. Have your insurance information ready and write down what you remember while the event is still fresh in your mind. You might include the color of the car that fled and whether you saw it heading in any particular direction.
3. Speak to witnesses
Speaking to other drivers who witnessed the accident can help you gather further details that may assist the police. Ask the witnesses what they saw and if anyone caught the make, model or license plate of the vehicle that fled.
If you have injuries that require immediate attention, have a family member or friend call the insurance company on your behalf. You can always provide additional details and photos of your vehicle to your representative later.