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How to Handle a Hit and Run Accident

How to Handle a Hit and Run Accident

How to handle the situation of getting involved in a hit-and-run accident.  

Being involved in a car accident is no joy ride for anyone. To make it worse, the person who knocked into your car has taken off and failed to claim responsibility. Such an incident can leave you feeling physically and mentally debilitated. If you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident, here is what you should do to minimize any further damage.

Don’t chase after the vehicle. Although it’s tempting to hunt down the driver that pinged your vehicle, driving after him or her can be dangerous. It’s best left to the professionals to take care of that situation. Try to write down any important information about the event and the vehicle while it is still fresh in your mind.

Record eyewitness information. If there are any witnesses at the scene or if there were other people in your car at the time of the accident, ask if they remember anything about the vehicle and situation. The more information that you can gather, the better.

Record details. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and record the date, time, location, and whole incident.

File a police report. The police need to have all of the information on record to assist in finding the guilty party in the car accident. Be honest with the investigating officers and if you’re not sure of any details, let them know. Furthermore, a police report will help you to file an insurance claim.

Contact your insurance agency. Let your insurer know that you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident. Information and the police report will help in compiling your claim together.

Don’t neglect talking to your insurer about any concerns or questions you may have during this time. For the right insurance policies for your needs, contact the experts at Bell Black Insurance.  We serve all insurance needs for those in Idaho Falls, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Swan Valley, Ashton, and the neighboring communities in Idaho, as well as Jackson and Star Valley in Wyoming.