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What should you do if you are in a hit and run?

Being involved in any accident in Louisiana is upsetting, but when you are involved in a hit and run, it can be even more devastating. A hit and run is when someone causes an accident and leaves the scene. Often this type of accident happens very quickly, leaving you little time to react. However, if you are involved in a hit and run, State Farm suggests you act as fast as possible to gather information that could help find the culprit.

You should immediately write down any information you remember about the other vehicle and how the accident occurred. You also should talk to anyone that is around and may have seen the accident. Get names and contact information if possible. Witnesses may be able to help provide you with more information about the vehicle or driver since they had a different viewpoint. You should take pictures of the scene as well.

It is best to contact law enforcement right away. With the information you provide, they may be able to track down the other driver. However, the longer you wait, the more time that person has to get away from the scene. You should also call your insurance company. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, you can make a claim to pay for damages from the accident if the other driver is not found.

You should never try to follow the driver. Just stick to gathering information at the scene, and let law enforcement handle tracking the person down. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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