Being involved in any kind of motoring accident is stressful enough, but if you were the victim in a hit and run things get even more difficult and complicated.
All parties that are involved in an accident on the roads are legally obliged to stop and give their details to other parties. Those who do not can face prison, penalty points on their licence and a fine. But this does not bother a handful of motorists who, for a variety of reasons, drive off after being involved in an accident. In many hit and runs the driver is uninsured and/or the vehicle is stolen. Sometimes the driver is underage or has been banned and thinks that if he does not stop the law will not catch up with him.
Whatever the reason, how should you react if you are a victim of a hit and run driver?
As in any road accident, the first thing to do is stay calm. This is incredibly difficult, especially if there is serious damage or injury, but it is important that you try to keep a level head and remain clear about what should be done.
Get out of your car and stand in a safe place to assess the situation. Call the emergency services and then attend to anyone who is injured. If you are not sure how to help people who are hurt simply talk to them and reassure them that help is on the way – never move them or try to give them food or drink. Take a few deep breaths and then approach any other people who were involved or who have seen what happened. Make sure you get their details so they can vouch for your story later on. If you can, take some photos of the scene as well.
The emergency services will deal with the immediate aftermath of the accident accordingly, and then in the following days you can start to think about what you need to do next. If you have any information about the car or driver be sure to give the details to the police so they can try to trace them.
You should report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. They will handle the process and advise you on what happens and what you need to do. If they trace the driver and they were uninsured there are still steps they can take.
The authorities, insurance company and legal teams will handle much of the matter, so you should just concentrate on getting back on the road.