What to Do in the Event of a Hit-and-Run

As you would with any accident, it’s best to pull over to the side of the road and exchange information with the other driver. But in the case the other party decides to not stay and leaves you at the scene, here’s what to do to ensure you don’t need to pay out of pocket to get you and your car back on the road.

Immediately following the accident, it’s important to stay calm. Most importantly, do not follow the fleeing driver - either to confront them or to gather information - as they might be dangerous, your car may not be suitable for the road, or you could potentially risk being blamed for the accident, yourself. People flee accidents for many reasons, but it’s not your responsibility (nor is it in your best interest) to find out why.

Instead, attempt to document any information about the other driver you might have, including the make, model, and color or their car, the license plate number, the description of the damage to the other car, and which direction they fled. Write down everything you can as soon as you can to avoid forgetting the small details.

Once you’ve written down all you can, call the police and wait for them to arrive by interviewing eyewitnesses nearby. If they give you any useful information or make a police statement, themselves, be sure to document their names and contact information, as well. In this time, you should also take photos of the damage done to your car.

It’s important not to wait to call the police or to make a claim following a hit and run because every minute is important in locating the other driver and immediate cooperation bodes well for your involvement or liability in the accident.

If you or a loved one was involved in a hit-and-run car accident or are feeling the ill-effects of an accident, you should consult with a lawyer at the Legal One Law Group as you may qualify for compensation. Call Legal One Law Group today at (818) 480-6732 for a free consultation to see if you apply.