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Steps to take following a hit-and-run crash

Being involved in a car accident, no matter the severity, is a serious and oftentimes shocking event for residents in Arizona and elsewhere. While being involved in a fender-bender or a serious collision is a major event, what is even more alarming is being involved in a hit-and-run accident. These types of accidents actually happen rather frequently.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been a consistent upward trend for fatal hit-and-run accidents. For example, there was 1,274 in 2009, 1,393 in 2010 and 1,449 in 2011.

The average automobile collision generates shock, emotion and concern, and hit-and-run accidents tend to cause a victim to be alarmed and overwhelmed. Even though it might be difficult to react following an accident, especially if it caused injuries, it is important for drivers to get the license plate number, if possible. This can help locate the driver during an investigation.

Additionally, it is imperative to write down as many details as possible while it is still fresh in your mind. This could include any details about the vehicle or the driver, and what direction they were traveling in when they fled the scene. This will be extremely helpful when answering any questions law enforcement might have. Lastly, victims of a hit-and-run crash should not chase or later confront the driver involved in the crash. A driver could be armed and dangerous, which may have been what caused them to flee. It is best to allow law enforcement to locate the fleeing driver.

If a hit-and-run driver has harmed you, it is important to note that you may have options and recourses available. While you might be feeling scared and helpless, this should not deter you from taking steps to assist with investigation to locate the negligent driver and potentially file a personal injury claim for losses and damages related to the incident.

Source: Autoblog.com, "How to safely and effectively handle a hit-and-run incident," Jenna Cyprus, Feb. 1, 2017

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