A car accident can take you by surprise, but it’s even more startling when the other driver speeds off. Acting appropriately in the aftermath could make a big difference in how things play out.
There’s a hit-and-run in the US every 43 seconds. You could be part of this statistic if someone collided with your vehicle, then left you to deal with an accident. You can take a few steps after your accident to make sure you’re safe, and start the process to hold the other driver responsible for their actions.
You’re required by law to stop after an accident that involves property damage, injury or a fatality. You need to exchange pertinent information with the other party and report the accident to the authorities. You may even need to help anyone else in the accident, within reason. Failing to obey these rules could lead to a serious felony offense, depending on the severity of the accident.
Steps to walk away from an accident:
Drivers that take off after a hit-and-run aren’t just acting irresponsibly – they’re also breaking the law. Make sure you know what to do after someone leaves the scene, and you could be on your way to a better outcome.