What to Do In a Hit and Run Accident
No matter how upset you are when you’re the victim of a hit and run, try to remain calm. Breathe deeply and count to 10. If you stay calm, you’re more likely to be successful in getting at least some information that will help the police track down the shameful driver who hit you. It will also smooth the way for your insurance company to make the right decision and process your claim.
The most helpful information is the model, make, and license plate number of the car that smashed into you, but in the aftershock of an accident, you may be too stressed to see and memorize that information in the few seconds before the offending driver speeds off. Of course, if someone smashes into your parked car, you weren’t there to see it in the first place.
#5. File an accident report with the police with as much information as you were able to get. Even if the police are unable to find the hit and run driver, you’ll have an official report that may speed up your insurance claim.
When you’re the victim of a hit and run accident, don’t be tempted to chase down and confront the driver; it may lead you to drive recklessly and cause another crash. But more than that, if a hit and run driver is already a criminal, you may be putting yourself at risk of violence and physical harm.
We hope that you’re never involved in a hit and run accident, but if you are, call Orlando Auto Body at 480-418-4737 for an estimate and advice on the repair.