Jul 21 2016

What to Do After a Hit and Run Auto Accident

If you have ever been in an auto accident, you know just how much difficulty it can cause. While we offer customers our Instant Access collision repair and auto glass service to speed the restoration process along, we know that dealing with the full implications of an accident can require some extra time. This is perhaps especially true for drivers who have been in a hit and run.

A hit and run accident might occur on the road, when one moving vehicle is struck by another, or when a stationary vehicle is struck by a moving one. In either case, the other drive intentionally leaves without leaving any identifying information or insurance information.

What to Do Next?

First, try to stay calm. If you were struck while driving, pull over and park as soon as it is safe. Write down all the information about the other vehicle as you can. Think about characteristics such as:

  • Colour
  • Make
  • Model
  • License plate number
  • Number of doors
  • Distinguishing characteristics, such as tinted windows
  • Aftermarket additions, such as racing stripes or other cosmetic embellishments
  • Bumper stickers

The more distinguishing characteristics you can recall, and the more specific you are in your description, the better your chances are that law enforcement will be able to identify the other driver. This information might even be important to your insurance company, so keep a copy of your notes for yourself.

Getting More Information

Sometimes other people witness hit and run accidents. Speak with neighbours or passersby and find out if they saw anything taking place around the time the accident occurred. Additionally, try to take pictures of the location where the accident occurred. You can also photograph the damage of your vehicle.

Helping You Get Back to Normal

When you bring your vehicle to Kirmac for collision repair, you can feel confident that your vehicle is going to be taken care of correctly. It is nice to know that in the midst of a stressful situation there is one thing you can still count on.