Critical First Steps After a Hit-and-Run Crash

Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.

A hit-and-run crash occurs when any driver involved in an accident flees the scene, and harsh penalties await anyone caught after doing this. If you were involved in a hit-and-run, there are important steps to take to help find the offender and maximize your chances of a fair recovery for your injuries and damages. Hit-and-run accidents

Checklist to Follow After a Hit-and-Run

When you’re involved in any type of car accident, it’s likely you’ll be shaken up and emotional. It may be difficult to think clearly, and you may be especially upset if the accident is a hit-and-run. But it’s important to have a mental checklist of what to do should the other driver leave the scene. The following checklist could increase your chances of finding the offender:

Getting the vehicle details.

If possible, memorize or jot down the license plate number; the vehicle make, model, and color; and any distinguishing features such as bumper stickers, damage, or a unique paint job.

Getting a driver description.

If you’re able to move around without risking your safety, try to get a look at the driver in case you need to give a description to police later.

Noting the direction of the other car.

If possible, make a mental note of the direction the driver took as he sped away. If you can see which street he takes, you may be able to help police follow his path.

Even if the accident is not a hit-and-run, there are important steps to take after the crash, including:

  • Calling the police immediately
  • Taking photos and videos of the scene
  • Speaking to witnesses
  • Writing down any important details
  • Calling for medical attention, if necessary

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