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Should You Chase a Hit-and-Run Driver?

You should never chase another driver. While many people react instinctively by chasing after the hit-and-run driver, experts warn that this is actually very dangerous.

It can feel frustrating when another driver cuts you off, running into the front corner of your car. The damage may not be that bad, but you were definitely hit. As you start to pull over to exchange insurance information, the other driver accelerates and speeds away. Now you don’t have their contact information, you are worried about your property damage, and it might be scary to think your car insurance won’t help you.

However, you still should not chase the hit-and-run driver.

Risks of Chasing Another Driver

You can face a number of issues or charges if you chase after a hit-and-run driver, such as:

  • Breaking traffic laws and getting a ticket
  • Causing an additional car accident
  • Leaving the scene of an accident charges
  • Not qualifying for your collision coverage

The other driver may also see you giving chase and retaliate in some way, and road rage can turn very dangerous in an instant. It’s understandable to be frustrated and angry when someone wrongs you like this, but don’t risk making the whole situation worse.

What Should You Do?

The best thing you can do is to get complete records of what happened. It is beneficial for you to:

  • Take pictures of your car and the accident scene
  • Write down an account of what happened while the details are fresh
  • Note exactly where it happened, what cross streets are nearby, and which way you were driving.
  • If possible, talk to witnesses to see if anyone saw the accident (or, better yet, got it on video)
  • File a police report
  • Try to list as many details about the car that hit you as possible, such as the make, model, color, and license plate number

Doing this helps you on many levels. Your insurance company can see the photos, and, especially when paint from the other car is clearly visible, they’ll know you’re being honest. They can also follow up on witness statements.

Call the police and let them start their investigation. They will track down the driver safely and professionally. The key is to remain calm and work to protect your rights without taking unnecessary risks and putting others in danger.

Hit-and-Run Claims

As the case progresses, and especially once the other driver is caught, you need to know your rights to seek compensation for damages. This could go beyond the damage to the car, including things like medical bills and lost wages if you were hurt.

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