Hit and runs aren’t fun and they certainly aren’t legal. A hit and run happens when someone is involved in an accident resulting in injury, death and/or property damaged and the driver flees the scene. If you’re ever in a car accident, make sure you always stop your car in a safe spot and have a conversation with the other vehicle owner to exchange insurance information. If someone is hurt or you’re unsure how to move forward, you can always contact the police for assistance.
Fleeing the scene of an auto accident can be classified as a criminal charge like a misdemeanor, or as a more serious offense like a felony if someone is injured in the accident and you leave without assisting them. That’s just not cool guys, seriously. Committing a hit and run can result in some hefty fines and even jail time, plus it’s just morally wrong. We hope that you’ll never be the victim of a hit and run, but if it ever happens to you we do want you to be prepared. Here’s what to do if you’re ever the victim of a hit and run accident.
Try to get a license plate number and/or vehicle make and modelThis can be hard when you’re in shock from having been in an accident, but try your best to catch a plate number or at the very least the make, model and color of the car. The more information you can give to the police later on, the better chance you have of finding the other driver in the accident and being able to report that information to the police.
Get yourself and your car to a safe place
If your motor vehicle is still operational, try to drive it to the side of the road to prevent causing further accidents. Once you’re parked safely out of the way of traffic, turn on your hazard lights. If you car isn’t operational, do NOT put yourself in harms way in an attempt to push your car out of the road. Your personal safety should be your number one concern. Put on your cars hazard lights if possible and remove yourself from any potential danger.
Call the police
Do not try to chase after the culprit. A confrontation could be dangerous and isn’t worth your time. Call the police and wait for them to arrive. If you or anyone in your car have experienced personal injury and are in need of immediate medical attention, call 911 and speak with the operator.
Fill out a police report
When the police arrive, they’ll ask you to fill out a police report detailing the specifics of the accident. This is where any of that information you were able to find out from step 1 will come in handy. Let them know the license plate number, make/model/color of the car, and any other helpful details you can think of.
Call your insurance company
You’ll want to call your insurance company to file an accident report. This is one of the many reasons you should never drive without insurance. If the other driver involved in the crash is never found, you’ll be responsible for making sure the repairs for your car are paid for- your insurance policy can help with this.
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