What to Do After a Hit and Run Auto Accident
You might be asking yourself, “What should I do if I was involved in a car accident and the other driver left the scene of the accident?” Here are a few tips to help you navigate this difficult time or to save for a rainy day if you ever find yourself involved in a hit and run motor vehicle accident.
A hit and run is where one or more drivers involved in an auto accident flee the scene. Naturally, it is going to be hard to gather information about the fleeing vehicle and driver; however, in light of the circumstances, try your best to take note of the following:
- License plate number of the vehicle;
- Make, model, and color of the vehicle;
- Damage to the vehicle;
- Description of the driver;
- Description and number of any passengers in the vehicle; and
- Direction in which the vehicle was traveling.
DO NOT PURSUE THE FLEEING DRIVER – it is illegal and unsafe to flee the scene of an accident that you were involved in.
If you can do so safely, pull over. If you, your passengers, or anyone involved is injured, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Read our tips about what to do if involved in an auto accident.
Once law enforcement arrives at the scene, share all the information with the responding officer in order to help locate the vehicle, the vehicle owner, or the driver. Provide as much of the above information as possible to help law enforcement investigate and locate the at fault party. Politely ask for a copy of the crash report. Using in the contact information on the crash report, follow up with the investigating law enforcement agency and ask if the at fault party has been located.
Call 407.500.0000 to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys if you or someone you know has been involved in a hit and run motor vehicle accident. We are happy to follow up directly with the investigating agency on your behalf and use our resources to further investigate your case.