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Steps to take following a hit-and-run accident

It's bad enough when you are involved in a car accident. It's worse when the accident is a hit and run. Hit-and-run accidents are some of the most tragic accidents in the state of North Carolina. They typically involve drunk drivers, but anyone can cause an accident and flee from the scene. Here's what to do following a hit-and-run accident in Wilson.

If at all possible, get the best description of the vehicle as possible. If you can, get the license plate number. Report any information you can to the police. Call 911 immediately so you can have police and fire dispatched to your location. Ask any witnesses to the accident to remain at the scene to help talk to the police.

You should never leave the scene, even as the victim, to chase down the person who committed the hit and run. If your vehicle is not totaled, be sure to move it from a travel lane and into a parking lot or onto the shoulder. If the car cannot be moved from a travel lane, exit the vehicle when safe and get away from the scene so you are not hit by any passing vehicles.

Report the accident to your insurance company and give them the contact info for the officer who wrote the report. Provide your insurance company with any pictures you might have taken following the hit-and-run accident.

Have you been involved in a hit and run accident in Wilson? An experienced personal injury attorney can help you learn more about how to seek compensation for your damages.

Source: Infinity Insurance, "Hit and Run Accident: What to Do Next?," accessed Nov. 24, 2017

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