Hit-and-run accidents happen in movies all the time, usually sandwiched between the high speed chase and the big explosion. In real life, hit-and-run accidents are not exciting; they are an inconvenience and can result in serious injuries. As the name suggests, in a hit-and-run, a motorist hits you and leaves the scene of the accident. Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal, and with your help, the police can track the person down and hold him or her accountable.
Remember: call 911 as soon as you can after you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run. A police officer will arrive and gather information from you to compile a police report and start an investigation. The more accurate and robust your statements, the greater the chance the other motorist can be found.
Be aware of your surroundings
It can be very difficult to keep your wits about you during and after a hit-and-run accident. By staying aware of your surroundings and being an observant driver, you can increase the chances that a hit-and-run driver will be caught. If you are injured in a hit-and-run accident, here are a few things to pay attention to:
- What color was the vehicle?
- Were you able to see the make and model? If not, did it look similar to a type of car that you are familiar with?
- Did you see the license plate number or a portion of the number?
- Was there anything specific that you remember about the car? Did it have rust? Was it scraped up or dented? Did it look new or old? Did it have passengers or just the driver?
- What did the driver look like? Were you able to see gender, eyeglasses, an approximate age, facial hair, color of clothing, hat, sunglasses or other distinguishing characteristics?
- What direction was the car headed? Did you see it turn off of a main road or turn into a parking lot?
In addition to paying attention to the other driver and his or her car, you can protect yourself by reporting the accident immediately to the police and to your insurance company. By arming yourself with this information, you can stay a step ahead of an inconvenient and alarming situation and be useful to the police in their investigation.