Getting in a car accident can be a scary experience, but it can be even more terrifying when the other car takes off and the driver does not make sure you are okay. If you find yourself in this situation, there are certain things you should do. Infinity Auto details the steps to take if you are involved in a hit-and-run in Rhode Island.
First, stay where you are. If you try to follow the other driver or leave for any other reason, you may be charged with leaving the scene of the accident as well. Most likely, the other driver is leaving because he or she does not have adequate insurance or is not properly licensed and does not want to face you.
Next, try to ensure that you are not blocking traffic while you wait for law enforcement to arrive. If you can drive your car, move it off the side of the road if possible. Also, be sure you are in a safe position while you wait. Often, it is best to wait outside of your car and away from traffic in case an oncoming vehicle does not see you.
If you can see the license plate before the other vehicle flees, write down the number, make and model to give as much information as possible to law enforcement. You will need to call and report the accident and contact an attorney to work with your insurance company. Pictures of the scene and witness testimonies can also help your case. This information is not intended as legal advice but should be used for education.