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5 things to always do after a hit-and-run

Surprisingly, there are many drivers who will flee the scene of an accident even though police officers have various methods for catching these people. Take the case of a Maryland man who struck a 7-Eleven manager with his vehicle before driving off. Luckily, the clerk was able to catch the driver's license plate number. 

If you ever find yourself as a victim of a hit-and-run, either in your car or as a pedestrian, you will understandably feel confused and angry at the scene. However, the actions you take right there will greatly impact your insurance claim. Here are the steps to take. 

1. Get as much information as you can

The other car may try to drive off quickly, but you should try to remember as many numbers on the license plate as possible. It is also helpful if you can remember the make, model and color of the car. 

2. Pull to the side of the road

You may feel tempted to chase after the other car, but this only puts you in further danger. Pull off to the side of the road and contact the police. They will need to make an official report. 

3. Take pictures of your car

Take pictures of the damage your car sustained. When you are outside, look around to see if there could potentially be video cameras that saw the incident. If the hit-and-run took place in a parking lot, then there is a good chance the owner of the building has a camera somewhere. 

4. Talk to witnesses

You may not remember much, but people in the vicinity may be able to help you. Write down these people's contact information, and see if they can talk to the police to offer their testimony as part of the report. 

5. Call your insurance company

Finally, you need to inform your auto insurance company of what occurred. Depending on your policy, you may be able to begin having your car repaired with your insurance agency reimbursing you later. 

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