At some point in your life, you may be a witness to a hit and run crime. Witnessing a hit and run accident can be troubling, especially when there are injuries and damage. In this situation, do you know what to do as a witness and what your responsibilities are?
As a witness, you play an important role in providing objective information, including a statement on the sequence of events. This information can be especially valuable to the police, to the victim of the incident, and to an insurance company if an insurance claim is filed.
Here’s what you need to know:
After witnessing a hit and run accident, you will need to assess the scene of the incident. If there are injuries or damage, call 9-1-1 and immediately to report the incident. Remember, collision scenes can pose a danger due to leaking fluids and combustibles. Ensure your own safety before approaching the scene. It is also important to ensure you do not attempt to assist or move anyone injured at the scene of an accident. Best to wait until paramedics have arrived for the safety of others and yourself.
Once the police arrive, you’ll be asked to complete a witness statement. To the best of your ability, provide as much information as possible including:
• Your name, address and contact details
• Time and place of the hit and run incident
• Licence plate number of the fleeing vehicle
• Vehicle description (colour, make & model)
• Driver’s description
• Description of what you saw
If you witness a hit and run accident to an unattended car, leave a note if you can’t find the driver. Provide your contact information and details of the incident in your note and place in a visible location, such as under the windshield wipers.
Providing a witness statement may seem like an onerous task especially if you’re in a hurry. Remember, the victim of the hit and run and the police will greatly appreciate any assistance you provide. To learn more about hit and run scenarios and how they may impact your insurance, speak to your BrokerLink broker today.