What to Do if you are involved in a Hit and Run Car Accident
If you've been involved in any type of car accident, you have a legal obligation to pull over and exchange insurance information, as well as contact the police if necessary. Driving away without stopping after a car accident is referred to as a "hit-and-run," and is a serious offense. Keep reading to learn what to do if you're involved in a hit-and-run accident.
Hit and run consequences
Leaving the scene of an accident can result in fines, loss of license or even jail time. If you think you've hit someone's property, a pedestrian or another vehicle, always stop to assess the damage and follow the steps for what to do after a car accident.
Hit and run accident reports
If you're the victim of a hit-and-run accident, try to record the license plate number, and get a description of the car, including make, model, color and approximate year if possible. Contact the police and report this information as soon as possible, and be ready to also report your location and the direction in which the driver was traveling. Your next step should be to contact your insurance agent or company, who can get the claims process started and help arrange towing or a rental car if needed.
Protect against hit and run accidents with insurance
Minimal car insurance coverage may not protect you from a hit-and-run accident; these types of claims typically fall under uninsured motorist coverage or Collision coverage depending on your state and insurance company. A policy that includes uninsured motorist protection not only covers you in the event of a hit-and-run accident, you may also be financially protected if struck by an uninsured driver.
For more information on how to protect yourself from a hit-and-run accident, contact your Titan Insurance agent and ask how to add uninsured motorist coverage to your policy. Call 1-800-TITAN-UP (848-2687).
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