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What should I do in a hit-and-run?

The sound of screeching tires, crunching metal and breaking glass can be scary enough on its own, but what do you do when the other driver speeds off? This is an unfortunate circumstance that many motorists in New York and around the country find themselves in every day. Knowing what you should do before you ever find yourself here can make the situation safer, less stressful and increase your chances of achieving justice.

 

Infinity Auto says that the things you should not do start with leaving the scene. You may think you are doing the right thing by following or confronting the other driver, but the truth is it may lead to more trouble. Officers can ticket you for fleeing the scene of the crash, no matter what the reason is behind your actions.

 

You should also avoid blocking the traffic lane. If it is possible to drive or move your car to the side of the road, do so as quickly as possible. It is also not a good idea to wait in your car for police. A distracted driver may not see you and could hit your car again.

 

What you should do is get as much information about the other car as possible. Try to write down the license plate number, make, model, color and any distinctive features. Taking pictures of the scene can also allow investigators to piece together what happened. If there are any witnesses around, be sure they give their story to the police. This information is intended to educate drivers and should not be considered legal advice. 

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