Dealing with a car accident on a normal day in normal circumstances is frustrating. However, most people are familiar with the process of exchanging insurance information with the other driver and documenting the crash with the police.
However, this becomes much more complex if the other driver simply speeds off in the aftermath of the crash. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, as per State Farm Insurance, make sure to stay calm (and at the scene) and reach out to any eyewitnesses.
Should I not chase after the culprit?
No, it is never a good idea to try and chase down the culprit in the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident. This is because it is very likely that any eyewitnesses that see both cars that drive off after an accident is not going to be able to tell who is at fault.
The best course is to take a deep breath. If anybody in your vehicle or in the vicinity of the accident sustained an injury, make sure to call 911. Otherwise, move your car out of traffic if it is necessary and call the police non-emergency number. You will need to make a police report for insurance purposes.
How can the eyewitnesses help me?
The eyewitnesses may have either taken photo or video evidence of the accident. Particularly since so many people have smartphones, it is possible that an eyewitness took a picture of the culprit’s car driving off when the eyewitness realized what was going on.
Having a picture of the culprit’s car or, even better, a license plate, is extremely helpful. With this information, the police will be able to track down the culprit very easily.