Every now and then, we have a customer who comes for collision repairs after being in a hit-and-run collision. What exactly do you do in a hit-and-run collision when the other driver speeds away?
What Constitutes a Hit-and-Run?
An estimated 10% of all collisions are hit-and-runs. This type of collision usually involves two motorists, but one immediately flees the scene. However, if you flee the scene after hitting a stationary vehicle or other object, that also counts as hit-and-run.
What Do You Do After a Hit-and-Run Collision?
As with any accident, pull over when safe to do so. Call 911 if anyone requires medical assistance. Next, you will need to extensively document the scene. Take photos of the damage of your car from multiple angles. Write down the date, location, and approximate time of collision.
Retain as much detail as you can about the hit-and-run vehicle. Can you identify the model, color, or any numbers/letters on the license plate? What about the driver? If you saw the driver, can you provide a description to the police?
Finally, collect the contact info of any people that may have witnessed the incident. Keep in mind some witnesses may not be willing to provide their contact information.
Call the Police
Once you think you have all the information you need, phone local law enforcement. You need to file a report. Even if police never locate the hit-and-run driver, a report is important for official documentation and speeding the insurance process.
We Do Collision Repairs from Hit-and-Runs
Were you on the receiving end of a hit-and-run? Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body. We can restore crumple zones, the auto paint, and more. Our other services also include towing if your car is no longer serviceable. After a hit-and-run collision, stay calm and follow the above steps.
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