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What should I do in a hit and run?

Getting hit on a California roadway can be a frightening experience, one that is made even more scary when the other driver leaves the scene. Infinity Auto details what you should and should not do if you are involved in a hit and run.


One mistake that many people make is failing to stay on the scene. Even if the other driver leaves first, you may also be ticketed if you do not stay on the scene of the crash. Remain where you are and call for help. If you can, write down the other driver’s car make and model as well as the license plate number so that law enforcement can track them.


The safety of you and anyone else who may be injured should always be top priority. Call for help and take care of anyone who needs it. If your vehicle is in a traffic lane, you should try to move it to the side to prevent any additional accidents from oncoming cars. If you have cones or lights to place around the car, this can also help. If it is dark, be sure to turn on your hazard lights if they still work.


If there are any witnesses to the accident, you should ask them to offer their testimony to law enforcement to include on the report. Taking pictures of the crime scene can also help law enforcement determine if it was the other driver’s fault. This information is not to be taken as legal advice but is intended to educate.

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