How To Handle A Hit And Run


A hit and run is an accident in which a driver hits another vehicle or object and leaves the scene without providing contact information.  Staying calm and collecting as much information as possible can increase the chances of the police finding the driver that hit you.

If you are hit and the driver does not immediately pull over or starts accelerating, get as much information about the car as you can including:

  • Model
  • Make
  • License plate number

Look around for any possible witnesses that may have seen more than you did and gather their information. Look for red light and security cameras. If they are available, they could have captured the accident, especially if the accident occurred at any intersection. You can contact the city officials and they will inform you what company owns the cameras and how to get any footage.

Before you leave the scene, make note of

  • The time and location of the accident
  • Take pictures of the accident
  • Take pictures of any car damages

If the hit and run happened after you parked the car, take down as much information including:

  • Time
  • Location
  • Damage

You can contact the police or take all the gathered information and file a police report immediately.