NEVER chase the other vehicle. Do your best to make note of the license plate, make, model, and color of the other vehicle.
If it is clear, safe, and legal, use your turn signal and pull off to the side of the road.
Once stopped, turn off your ignition and verify that all passengers are okay.
If you can find a pen and paper, try to write down the details of what happened. Include the license plate, make, model, and color of the other vehicle. Make note of the direction where the car went as well as the date, time, and location of the accident.
Call or have someone call 911 immediately. Get your license, registration, and proof of insurance ready for the responding officer.
Ask any witnesses to remain on the scene and get their contact info.
Make notes of all damages to your car and debris around your car. Hopefully, debris from the other vehicle will be found at the scene.
If possible, take photos. It is always a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your car. Make sure to set the Date and Time feature on the camera. If you do not have a camera, use the one on your cell phone.
Always seek medical attention, whether it is an ambulance on the scene, a nearby hospital, or your Primary Care Physician. Make sure you see a doctor within 2 days of the accident. Waiting too long can hurt you and your case.
Once home, report the accident to your insurance company. Keep a folder of all notes, contact information, and documents from the accident. Write a narrative of exactly what happened. Separate your memories from witness statements.
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