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4 things to do after a hit-and-run crash

Another vehicle hits you at an intersection. After a moment of shock, you get out of your car to talk to the other driver, who's in a pickup truck.

Unfortunately, you're in for another shock. That driver backs up and guns it, running away from the crash site. You just stand there watching the truck disappear down the road.

What now?

  1. Write everything down as soon as you can. Include every ldetail. Where was the truck coming from? What did it look like? Do you know the make and model? Did it have any identifying features, like an aftermarket set of wheels?
  2. Record the other driver's license plate number. This may be impossible, but it's the main thing you want to look for as the other vehicle starts driving away. Even getting just two or three numbers and letters may help.
  3. Do not follow that truck. People often want to chase hit-and-run drivers, either to try to get the plate or simply because they are angry. While it's fine to feel angry, do not give chase and risk an even more dangerous confrontation. Do not put other drivers in danger by speeding.
  4. Contact the appropriate professionals. Call the police. Get in touch with your insurance agent. Get the legal process started.

A hit-and-run can leave you shocked, frustrated and injured. Your car may be totaled and medical bills may start mounting quickly. Make sure you know all of the legal options you have. Understanding exactly how to proceed and what you can do to seek justice allows you to move forward after the crash.

Source: Autoblog, "How to safely and effectively handle a hit-and-run incident," Jenna Cyprus, accessed May 01, 2018

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