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How to stay safe in a hit-and-run

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2017 | Criminal Defense

Most drivers in Louisiana know that they should pull over to the side of the road and exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver involved, but the situation can become more complicated and stressful if you find yourself alone after an accident. We at the law firm of Jacqueline A. Scott and Associates understand the stress that can follow in these situations and have provided these tips to help you stay safe and ensure your rights are protected if you are involved in a hit-and-run.

According to Infinity Auto, the first thing you should do is remain where you are until a law enforcement officer comes to assist you. If you attempt to follow the other driver to get his or her information, you may be charged with fleeing the scene of the crime and be considered equally guilty.

You should also be sure that you are not in any additional danger. Be sure your vehicle is out of the way of oncoming traffic and you will not be hit again. If it is not possible to move your car, you may need to get out to a safe place and try to alert other cars to the danger. Ensure that any passengers also safely exit the vehicle.

If possible, write down the other vehicle’s license plate number. You can also take pictures from the scene and of any marks left on the road or damage to your vehicle to verify what happened. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.