What should I do after a hit and run accident?

If you are involved in an accident and the at-fault driver leaves the scene, it’s important to gather all information that you possibly can while staying safe. If possible, make sure you gather the other driver’s license plate number, details of their vehicle (make/model, color, and year), time and location of the accident, and the direction the driver was headed. Like any other accident, make sure you document damage done to your vehicle and gather contact information for any witnesses on the scene.

You will also need to call the police to file a report, and then your insurance carrier to file a claim. If you were able to get information on the other driver, they can possibly obtain their insurance information and file a claim with that company. After a hit and run accident, minimum coverage may not be able to cover all the property damage or bodily injuries. In these situations, it helps to also have uninsured motorist coverage.