Being in any kind of car accident is traumatic, but few situations are as frustrating as a hit-and-run. It is important to know what to do if you are ever in this situation.
It is natural to feel a rush of emotions if you witness the car that hit you driving off. However, according to Credit.com, the first thing you should do is immediately pull over and stop.
Why should I not apprehend the driver?
First of all, potentially starting a high-speed chase is never a good idea. Second, failing to stop may confuse witnesses of the event. If you pull over and stop, it is likely the eyewitnesses will recognize you as the victim and the person who drove off as the perpetrator. If you speed off after the culprit, they may think you are equally responsible.
The next thing you should do is call the police. If you can remember any details about the car that hit you or, better yet, the license plate number, you should inform the police.
Should I look for witnesses?
Yes. Eyewitness accounts of the hit-and-run accident can be very powerful either in court or with your insurance company. Furthermore, it is possible that a witness got the license plate or a good description of the vehicle if you were unable to do so. It is a good idea to either write down eyewitness accounts or potentially record them if possible.
You should also gather other information that is available at the scene. Take pictures of all sides of your car, documenting any damage. Also make sure to write down or record yourself talking about what you remember from the event.