Car accidents occur on North Carolina roadways all the time. In 2014, over 250,000 car crashes took place, and out of those, over 123,000 injuries were sustained. That information comes from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.
There are several steps to take after a car accident when both drivers pull off to the side of the road. However, many drivers do not know what to do when the other vehicle drives off. This is particularly frustrating when it was the other driver’s fault. After a hit and run, it is a good idea to take a deep breath and follow these steps.
Never chase after the other car
Once you see the other car taking off, you may feel tempted to chase after it. You should never do this. You only put yourself in more danger, and you have no idea if your car even runs properly. You need to stay where you are and get off the road if you can do so.
Get as much information as possible
Ideally, the driver will be able to see the other car’s license plate. Aside from that, getting the make, model and color of vehicle can also be useful for police. In the event you are too distracted to get any information, you should stop the vehicle and talk to people in the area to see if they saw anything. You should also write down information related to the time and place.
Call the police
Even if you do not have any information, you should still have the police file a report. There may be something authorities can do to track down the driver. Additionally, a police report helps greatly when filing an insurance claim. Some people try to commit insurance fraud by saying their car became damaged in a hit and run. A police report is an official document, and your insurance provider will take it seriously.