Being involved in a hit and run accident can be traumatizing and the steps you take immediately following the incident will have a huge impact on the outcome. That’s why State Farm offers the following advice to North Carolina drivers to ensure they know how to act after a hit and run.
Don’t leave the scene of the accident
You might be tempted to flee the scene of the accident to pursue the motorist responsible for the hit and run. Doing so will put you and other drivers in danger, especially if you’re driving at a high rate of speed. Leaving the scene may also result in legal reprisal against you. You’re not permitted to leave the scene of an accident for any reason unless it’s to get medical treatment. Stay where you are and wait for law enforcement to arrive.
Take down as much info as possible
While you’re waiting, take down some information on what occurred. Write down when and where the accident happened, the conditions of the road, and a description of the other vehicle. The make, model, and color can be helpful, and even if you only get a partial license plate number, be sure to provide it to the police. You can also take photos of the damage to your vehicle, as well as the road where the accident took place.
Talk to witnesses
If there are witnesses on the scene, be sure to get their contact info. Along with the police report, witness testimony is highly valuable when making an accident claim with your insurance company. It can also come in handy if your case ends up in court. Bystanders may be privy to a different angle of the accident, which can help establish who was at fault.