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Hit-and-run crashes: Here's what you should do

If you're involved in a crash, the last thing you'd expect is for someone to hit you and then run. Unfortunately, that does happen.

There are a few reasons why people might choose to flee after hitting another vehicle. One could be that the driver is intoxicated or using drugs, so they flee to avoid getting caught. Another driver might choose to flee due to intentionally causing a crash. Others may flee due to fear or confusion after a crash. Regardless of the cause, it's unacceptable behavior.

What are drivers legally required to do after a crash?

After a crash, you deserve to get help, not to struggle on your own. Drivers and passengers involved in a collision are expected to stay at the scene and to assist others with injuries when possible. They are expected to present their insurance information on request and to call 911 for assistance in dealing with the accident.

What should you do if a driver flees after an accident?

In most cases, no one should follow the driver who is fleeing, but they can take down the license plate number of the vehicle as well as information such as the vehicle's make and model.

Witnesses at the scene should remain so that they can assist police by giving them as much information about the driver who fled as possible. Calling 911 immediately can also help the police capture the fleeing driver more quickly since they can rapidly respond to the scene and surrounding area. After this, it's just a matter of time before the offender is caught.

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