Getting in a car accident while on the road is tragic enough, but being involved in a hit and run accident can by far make matters even worse. You collide with another car, you’re either injured or at the very least in shock, and the next thing you see is the other driver pulling out and speeding away from the scene. You feel confused and angry, and you have no idea what to do. The DMV website offers several very helpful tips concerning what to do when involved in this horrible kind of car accident.
What to Do First:
First off, the DMV classifies a hit and run car accident as a car that hits you and drives away, or a car hits your car while you are not there to see, so you don’t actually have to be driving for an accident to be considered a hit and run. The first thing you should do, is do your best to calm down and try to collect as much information as possible about the other car and driver. It should be fairly easy to detect the make and/or model, but if you can try to get the other driver’s plate numbers. This will help you immensely when calling the police and filing a report about the accident. You should also try and see if there are any witnesses to the accident around and get their contact information. Before you leave it is very important that you take pictures of your car and the scene of the accident.
What to do if You Were Not Present When it Happened:
If the accident happened when your car was parked somewhere and you were not around, getting witnesses and information about the other car is pretty slim to none. The best thing for you to do is make sure you write down the exact location of the accident, how much damage occurred, and a rough time analysis of when it could have happened. It’s always helpful to look for any paint from the other car that may have scratched off on your vehicle, because it is very common for people to purposely wreck their cars and commit insurance fraud, so you want to be able to prove that you are telling the truth and not trying to commit insurance fraud.
Calling the Police:
When involved in this kind of car accident, sometimes you can be so angry that you want to chase the other car and confront them, but it is important that you don’t do that, because that will cause another accident from the reckless driving. Because of that the best thing for you to do once you have calmed down and collect all of the possible information that you have, is to call the police and file a report on the accident. Make sure that you call them as soon as possible, and give them all of the information that you have, and don’t forget to include the witnesses and any important detail that you can think of in the report. You have to remember that the police may not find the person who hit you, but any information you have will at least help speed along the insurance process and get your car fixed faster.