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What to do if You Are the Victim of a Hit and Run

Being involved in an automobile accident in Pittsburgh, PA is stressful, scary, and overwhelming, but it is especially difficult to deal with the situation if you don’t know who the other driver is. A hit-and-run accident means that one driver involved in the accident left the scene without providing the other driver with acknowledging the accident or providing their information. Daniel Carinici Agency LLC has put together a few tips on what to do if you are the victim of a hit-and-run.

Pull Over

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, the first thing to do is pull over and park. Don’t attempt to chase the other driver, because it can make the situation much worse. As soon as you pull over, try to write as much information as you can recall about the other vehicle, such as the make and model, color, and if you noticed anything unusual about the vehicle (damage, stickers on a window, etc.). Even something as minor as remembering one or two letters of the license plate may be helpful.

Call the Police

As soon as you have written down all the information you can recall, call the police. It is very important that you call the police after a hit-and-run, because not filing a report may delay or cause a denial of your insurance claim. Even if you don’t have much information to provide, it’s still important to call the police.

Get Witness Information

Before exiting your vehicle, make sure it is safe to do so. Ask any bystanders or drivers that stop to check on you if they saw what happened and if they can provide any details about the other vehicle. Write down the name and contact information of all witnesses.

Be sure to take photos of your vehicle, including detailed photos of the damage. It’s also beneficial to take photos or videos of the area where the accident happened. After you file a report with the police, contact your insurance provider to file a claim.

Residents of Pittsburgh, PA that want to learn more information about how to deal with a hit-and-run or to learn more information about their insurance policy should contact Daniel Carinici Agency LLC.

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