Being in any kind of automobile accident is stressful. However, it is likely your stress will skyrocket if the other individual involved in your automobile accident decides to drive away from the scene. This turns a regular automobile accident into a hit-and-run accident.
Fortunately, managing the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident is not terribly different from the regular variety. Make sure that you stay at the scene of the accident and speak to any eyewitnesses present, as per State Farm Insurance.
Your first and (very natural) impulse may be to get in your car and drive off after the other person. However, under no circumstances should you do that. Doing so will confuse any eyewitnesses. It is also illegal in California to drive off after an automobile accident.
Instead, stay calm and move your car out of traffic if it is necessary and you are able to do so. Call 911 if anybody present requires immediate medical assistance. If not, call the police in order to obtain a police report. Not only will this put the fleeing driver on the police’s radar, it will also help you manage your insurance afterward.
Talk to others
Eyewitnesses can be very powerful in the aftermath of a hit-and-run. Many people carry smartphones with them, which have the ability to take photos and videos. It is possible that a quick-thinking eyewitness was able to get video or photo evidence of the car or driver. This will make it much easier for the police to locate the fleeing driver and hopefully bring him or her to justice.