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What should I do if I’m involved in a hit-and-run?

Being involved in any kind of car accident in California can be an incredibly stressful and hurtful experience. And in the event that the vehicle at fault leaves the scene of the accident without providing you with contact information or other necessary documentation, you may feel powerless to gain the recognition and compensation you deserve. Fortunately, there are several things you can do after a hit-and-run accident to help ensure that any resulting injuries and/or property damage is accounted for.

Infinity Auto Insurance explains a few steps that you, as an accident victim, can take in the moments following a hit-and-run accident to assist authorities and your insurance provider in pursuing claims against the liable party. The first and most important thing that you should do after being struck by a hit-and-run driver is to pull to the side of the road as safely as possible. It is only after you have pulled over and confirmed the safety of you and any passengers in the vehicle that you can begin the process of documenting the incident.

If possible, it’s a good idea to write down any information regarding the identity and/or physical description of the vehicle at fault. For instance, documenting the license plate number of the car that caused your accident can go a long way to ensure that the driver is successfully found and cited. Other helpful information that you can gather on your own can include anything from pictures of the accident site and your vehicle to witness statements and contact information.

Another important step that you should take any time you are involved in a collision is to call both the police and your insurance provider. Filing a police report allows you to document the event and describe the incident in your own words. Beyond that, your insurance company will likely request the police report as part of filing an accident claim.

It’s also important to note that obtaining sound legal counsel promptly can help to complete the claims process successfully. However, this general information cannot serve as legal advice.

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