While you may know what to do if you are involved in a car accident in Illinois, the situation can become a lot more stressful if the other driver leaves the scene. A hit-and-run can leave you stranded, both physically and monetarily. We at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates work to protect you in any type of accident, including a hit-and-run.
First, it is important to know what you should not do. According to Infinity Auto, your first concern should be for the safety of yourself and anyone else in the car. As soon as the accident occurs, move to somewhere safe. If you can drive your car, move it out of the traffic lane, but remain nearby until the police arrive. Leaving the scene of the accident may cause you to be cited as well.
Next, you should focus on which actions you need to take. If possible, write down the license plate number of the other vehicle and get statements from any witnesses who saw what happened. Be sure to write down their contact information as well in case you need further proof in the case. When you call the police to report the accident, give them the license plate number of the other car if you were able to record it.
One of the best tools you have is likely sitting in your pocket or purse. Taking pictures of the scene, your vehicle and any other damage with your camera can help police determine what happened. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.