A hit-and-run accident is quite different from other collisions since there is no driver admitting to fault.
Online PR News – 30-August-2018 – A hit-and-run accident is quite different from other collisions since there is no driver admitting to fault. ASA Insurance Agency understands that getting in an accident where the driver flees the scene can be frustrating and frightening. As a provider of auto insurance in Salt Lake City, the agency wants to help drivers understand what to do if this situation should occur to them.
ASA insurance agency says the most important step is to stay calm and immediately look for the vehicle at fault. Get as much information as possible in the few seconds they are on the scene. Creed Anderson of ASA Insurance Agency says, "Try to get at least part of a license plate number or even the state will help narrow it down." He also recommends that drivers remember the other car's color and make and model if possible. They should notice which direction the vehicle went. The driver should pull off the highway if they can drive the vehicle and call the police. Anderson says it is important to call the police in any hit-and-run accident even if there is no apparent damage. He also says to note the time and location of the accident and what caused it. If a person has a smartphone, they should take photos of the damage to their vehicle.
"Look around your area," Anderson says. "See if anyone else saw the accident and get as much information as you can from them." The driver can be getting this information while waiting for the police to arrive, but they should notify the police first and let them know the driver left the scene. If they can provide any information about the driver, the police can begin the search for them immediately. The chances of locating them are much better if the victim can provide any information and makes the call to the police right away.
It is also important to not follow the driver. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident even if the person is the victim. If a person does, there may be question as to who was at fault for the accident. It is also important to call the insurance agency as quickly as possible after the accident. They will want to begin processing the claim right away and gathering information to identity the driver. The longer a person waits to file the claim, they less information they may remember. It is important to give a statement to the police and to the insurance provider as soon as possible while details are still fresh. Even a few hours can make a difference in what a person remembers.
A hit-and-run accident is a frightening situation to be in. However, a person can take steps to help increase the chances of the other driver being found and made to pay for the accident they caused. Victims should work with the police and their insurance providers for the best results.
“See if anyone else saw the accident and get as much information as you can from them.”