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What should I do in a hit-and-run?

Any car accident can be scary, but being involved in a hit-and-run accident can leave you terrified and confused. Many drivers are unsure about what they should do if the other driver leaves the scene of the crash, but knowing the steps to follow can ease stress and worry.

 

According to Infinity Auto, there are several things you should not do after you are involved in an accident. The first is block traffic. If your vehicle is too damaged to drive and is still in the lane, see if there is any way to move it to the side of the road to avoid causing more accidents. If you cannot move your car, get out and move to a safe location. You may need to signal oncoming drivers of the danger ahead if your car cannot be moved. Attempting to follow the other driver is also a bad idea and could land you with a charge for leaving the scene of the accident.

 

After ensuring that all passengers are in a safe place and not in danger of being struck by additional vehicles, try to write down or take a picture of the license plate number of the other driver. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any skid-marks and damage to your vehicle. This can help officials determine fault and liability.

 

Even if the other driver leaves, you should still call a police officer and file an accident report. This information is intended for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.

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