What do I do if the at-fault driver leaves after the accident?

Over 600,000 hit-and-run crashes occur every year. An accident is damaging enough, but trying to handle a hit-and-run makes it even more challenging.

First of all, do not try to follow or chase the other car. Do your best to remember the following:

  • Their license plate number,
  • A description of the driver, and
  • the color, make, and model of the car

Call the police and describe the at-fault drivers info on the phone. When the police arrive, show them any pictures you were able to get of the at-fault driver before he fled.

Seek medical attention for any injuries suffered during the crash. If the at-fault driver is never located, your own insurance company will step in to cover the medical expenses for your injuries and the property damage to your car. This is another reason why it is important to carry add-on uninsured motorist coverage on your own car insurance.

How am I supposed to remember the details of a fleeing driver and car?

Having the state of mind during or right after an accident to actually remember details can be very challenging. If you have your smartphone handy and are able, take a quick photo or start a video as soon as you can. This is important visual evidence that can be used by the police to find the fleeing driver and later at trial.

If you don’t have a smartphone available, grab a pen  or pencil and write down the drivers information as soon as you can. Describe these details to the police as soon as they arrive.

First of all, do not try to follow or chase the other car. Do your best to remember the following:

  • Their license plate number,
  • A description of the driver, and
  • the color, make, and model of the car

Call the police and describe the at-fault drivers info on the phone.

Then seek medical attention for any injuries suffered during the crash. Even if the at-fault driver is never located, your own insurance company will step in to cover the medical expenses for your injuries and the property damage to your car. This is another reason why it is important to carry add-on uninsured motorist coverage on your own car insurance.

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