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What should I do if involved in a hit and run?

It can happen when you least expect it; one moment you’re tooling along and the next you’re involved in an accident and the responsible party has fled the scene. While this can be an extremely frustrating experience there are steps you can take to mitigate the damage. State Farm recommends the following advice in this case, which will help both you and your vehicle remain protected after a hit and run.

Stay on the scene

You might feel the need to go after the other driver to ensure he or she is brought to justice. However, this can actually land you in trouble, as it’s illegal to leave the scene of an accident for any reason. Additionally, you could risk the safety of yourself and other drivers if you attempt to pursue the vehicle. Instead, wait for police to arrive so they can go after the responsible party in the proper manner.

Collect information

Quickly write down what you’re able to remember about the vehicle. What was the make and model? Did you happen to see any part of the license plate? Was the vehicle damaged in any way as it fled? This information can be exceedingly useful to the police when investigating the crime. Also, take pictures of the damage occurring to your vehicle, which can actually provide insight into how the accident occurred.

Talk with witnesses

Are there bystanders at the scene? If so, be sure to talk with them to determine whether they saw anything that could be of use. Witness testimony is very helpful as it provides an objective version of events. Also, a witness may have been privy to a different angle or location, from where the person could offer more information on the vehicle description.

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