No one expects to be involved in a car accident, but we would all like to think that we would know what to do if ever involved in one. We’ll pull off to the side of the road, exchange information with the other driver, notify the authorities, and hopefully drive off to fix damage that is only minor.
Unfortunately, this may be oversimplifying accidents a bit. After an accident, you may experience adrenaline, stress, and fear. You probably barely remember where your registration is, let alone all of the important things you have to do in the moments following an accident. Luckily, most drivers are in the exact same state of mind, and you can both work through the first confusing moments together as you try to make sense of what just happened.
When the Other Driver Leaves the Scene
As stressful as even the most textbook fender-bender can be, when the other driver leaves the scene, the stress grows exponentially. Suddenly, you must worry about more than simply fixing damage—you and your car are now part of a crime—even if you are simply the victim.
While there is no silver lining to a hit-and-run wreck, there is one thing you can be certain of: you have the same post-accident duties as any other wreck. Essentially, you need to gather information, notify the proper parties, and get medical attention as soon as possible. Here’s the breakdown:
- Get as much information about the car that hit you as possible. While a license plate number would be ideal, details like color, make, model, and approximate model year can help the authorities locate the party responsible for hitting you.
- Report the accident to the police first, and then your insurance company. Just like any other accident, you need to inform the police, but it is even more important after a hit-and-run. Be sure to let them know everything that you can about the car that hit you.
- If there are witnesses, get their contact information. A witness account of the wreck can be used by the police and your insurer when you pursue your claim.
- If you suffered injuries, don’t tough it out—seek medical attention right away. Not only is this the best for your case, it is the best for you.
Hit-and-run accidents are extremely tricky, and it is often in your best interest to contact an attorney to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. If you are ever involved in an accident in which the other driver flees the scene, contact Augusta auto accident attorney Chris Hudson to discuss your options in a free, no-obligation consultation.