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Try To Amass These Details When You're A Victim Of A Hit-And-Run Collision

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When you're in a hit-and-run collision, you can't get justice unless the police do. In other words, if the police aren't able to determine the other driver, they won't be able to name him or her in the police report — and you won't have someone to go after legally to get compensated for the damage to your vehicle and any medical expenses that you've incurred because of the accident. If you're able, it's paramount to get the fleeing driver's license plate before he or she gets away. This information makes it much easier for the police to identify and charge the other driver. If you're unable to get the license, or if the vehicle doesn't have one, try to collect these details.

Direction Of Travel

It can be helpful to note the direction that the other motorist was traveling, as well as the direction in which he or she fled. This information is valuable because investigators with the police department can access video camera footage from cameras mounted along the route. For example, if there was a store with an exterior camera just a block away from the accident scene, the police can check this footage in the hopes of finding the offending vehicle — and getting its license plate so that they can track down the driver.

Description Of The Vehicle

You'll make the police officers' job easier if you can provide some manner of description of the vehicle that hit your vehicle. If you're a car enthusiast, you may be able to quickly identify the make, model, and even the era of the vehicle. However, you don't need to be a car buff to get information. Try to get the color of the vehicle and details such as the number of doors, whether its windows were tinted, and other similar details. Perhaps you noticed an imperfection, such as duct tape on the bumper or a large diagonal crack in the windshield. These are important details to pass to the police officers.

Description Of The Driver

It's also important to get a description of the driver if you're able. This can further provide value to the police officers as they attempt to identify who was behind the wheel at the time of your collision and who fled afterward. At the very minimum, try to get the gender, skin color, and approximate age of the person. If there are other details that you can provide, such as the person wore glasses or had a certain style of facial hair, this can also be useful. Once the police can identify the subject, you can then hire a car accident attorney to pursue legal action.