What to Do In the Case Of a Hit and Run

Any road accident is not an ideal situation and many people pray every day that they never find themselves in that kind of situation. However, we know that this will not always be the case, hence is why many people have insurance and medical aids. People also know that there are certain things that one is supposed to do in the event of the accident: identify if anyone was hurt, take pictures of the accident scene, report it to the nearest police station within 24 hours and take down the details of all the other drives. This is to make sure our police reports are thorough and that our insurance claims will be paid out. But this is slightly more difficult in terms of a hit and run.
What is a Hit and Run?
A hit and run is defined as causing a traffic accident and failing to stop afterwards. In the case of a hit and run, the person who is fleeing is attempting to avoid any responsibility be it financial responsibility or legal responsibility. This makes things more difficult for the people involved that might have been injured or now has to pay for damages, which they might not have the resources to do so.
What You Should Do
You should try getting as much information about the offending vehicle, the make, the model, the colour and license plate number, even if these details may come from a witness or traffic cameras. Then you should report the crime as soon as possible with correct time and location of the crime, with pictures and your personal documents. It is your right to claim compensation for the devaluing of your personal property or your person. You should take all the information and notify the police and your insurance company, and if there are any injuries, one can start a claim with the Road Accident Fund.
Paul Du Plessis
Many people think that if they are the victim of a hit and run that they are helpless in that situation, when that is not the case. It is also worth noting that if you are the offender in a hit and run, that there are serious legal consequences. For more information and legal assistance, visit Paul Du Plessis!

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