You never expect to leave your home and end up in a car accident. Even worse, you probably don’t anticipate being involved in a hit and run. Yet, sometimes people make the decision to leave the scene of an accident.
Even the most minor accident can become a hit and run from a dinged door to a complete totaling of your car. While you may not expect it, it is wise to know how to respond if the other driver involved in your accident flees.
Check for injuries and call for help
First, always make sure that you are safe. Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries and call 911 for medical help if necessary. If everyone is safe, go ahead and call the police through your local non-emergency number.
Don’t chase after the other driver
Stay at the scene of the accident, even if the other driver does not. You are still legally responsible to stay at the scene and make sure that everyone involve is all right. Don’t chase after them or try to get them, but rather stay where you are and wait for the police.
Document everything you can
Write down everything you remember, especially anything about the other person and their vehicle, and take pictures of the scene, the damages and your injuries. If you can, identify any potential witnesses to the accident, especially if there are businesses nearby who may have security footage.
Call your insurance company
Call your insurance company to let them know about the accident and the fact that the other driver left right away. Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage may help you get compensation from your insurance company if the other driver doesn’t own up to the accident. An experienced attorney can help you maximize your recovery.
When you’re in an accident, you probably assume that the other driver knows to stop. Whether or not they understand their responsibility to do so, a hit and run can be traumatic and overwhelming. Be sure to care for yourself and your passengers, and then get help from law enforcement.