If you are driving on the Tennessee roads and you are in an accident, you usually expect the other driver to stop, make sure everyone is okay and exchange insurance information while you wait for the police. There are also times where another driver will hit your car and immediately take off after the accident. This leaves you responsible for property repair, medical bills and any other messes caused by the accident.
According to Economical Insurance, the first thing you should do after a hit and run is check for injuries and call emergency services if needed. As you wait for help, write down as many details as you can remember about the car. These may include the make and model, color or the license plate number. Even if you only remember a portion of the license plate number, write it down.
The next step is to look for witnesses. If anyone saw the accident happen, you will want to collect their contact information to give to your insurance company or the police while the accident is investigated. Because you are distracted during the accident, it is hard to remember details, but witnesses may have a clearer picture of what happened and who caused the accident.
If you are in a safe area and can snap some photos, this is a great time to do it. Capture where the accident took place and document any damage to your vehicle. If paint was transferred from the other vehicle during the accident onto your car, get pictures of that.
The most important thing to do after an accident is to seek medical help for anyone injured immediately. As the responsible party should cover the costs associated with the accident, the next thing to do is identify who caused the accident.
This information is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.