One of the most frustrating accidents to be in is a hit-and-run. While any type of car accident can be upsetting, getting out of your car and watching a hit-and-run culprit drive away is a different experience entirely.
You must understand what to do in the aftermath of a hit-and-run. According to State Farm Insurance, you should never try to follow the driver.
Why should I not give chase?
Chasing after a culprit can confuse eyewitnesses. Remember that it is unlikely there are no eyewitnesses to a hit-and-run situation. If one car hits the other car and both drive off, those eyewitnesses are not going to be able to make clear statements of fault.
Additionally, it is important to call 911 if the hit-and-run accident resulted in injury. If there are no injuries, you should stop and call the police to make a report. Filing a police report allows you to give a clear account of what happened, and it may also be helpful for insurance purposes.
Should I talk to the eyewitnesses?
Absolutely. In addition to corroborating your account of events, eyewitnesses may also have photos or videos to help you. It is possible that an eyewitness has a photo of the culprit’s license plate. Even if not, an eyewitness may be able to give additional details about the culprit or the culprit’s car that could lead to police identifying him or her.
You should collect as much evidence as possible from the scene. Photo document the condition of your car, and take pictures of any existing debris, like shattered glass. If you can collect photos from eyewitnesses, make sure you do so.