How to deal with a hit and run accident
Recently, a fatal car accident was happened on the Tsing Kwai Highway with a private car and a motorcycle involved. The two videos released afterwards, including the CCTV from the Transport Department’s road surveillance systems and the car camera from a private car passed by, have shown that the cold-blooded driver left after the incident. This is a hit and run case.
Unfortunately, hit and run accidents still occur on a frequent basis. Many drivers that commit this offense may be unlicensed, uninsured, or have an outstanding arrest warrant. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, bear in mind the following tips.
Call the police! If you act quickly, the police may be able to find the driver within a close radius of where the accident occurred.
Watch to see where the driver goes, but do not pursue them. Neither you nor your vehicle may be in any condition to drive after an accident, and leaving the scene to chase the other driver if they choose to flee is both dangerous for you as well as other vehicles on the road. Stay at the scene of the accident so that police officers can gather the evidence necessary to determine what happened, with the hopes of finding the responsible party based on your information.
Take note of the vehicle’s appearance. If possible, memorize the license plate number, model and color of the offending vehicle. Try to remember any damage to the other vehicle and the general direction they took after the accident.
Contact your insurance provider. In some cases, a hit and run accident will be treated like you were hit by an uninsured motorist. So, keep close contact with your provider for your claim follow up work.
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