What To Do If You Witness A Hit And Run
You’re driving along a road in Maryland when you see a driver hit another car. The driver takes off and doesn’t stop. You have just witnessed a hit and run incident. It’s important to get as much information about the car that drove off as you should report this to a police officer who arrives on the scene. If you see the driver after the incident, you shouldn’t approach the driver. Instead, you should try to get the tag number of the vehicle. This will make it easier for law enforcement to locate the driver.
Don’t put yourself in harm’s way at the accident scene, and try not to get involved unless you are asked about what you saw. Most of the time, if an officer knows that you have information about what happened, and then you’ll be called as a witness. If you have time, try to take pictures of the driver who left the scene. This can give officers the most evidence possible of the car that was involved.
If it appears that the person in the car that was hit could be injured, then call 911 as soon as possible. Don’t try to attend to the needs of the victim, as there are laws in some states that actually mean more trouble for someone who gets involved with an injury and tries to help than if you were to simply wait for medical professionals to arrive.
Wingfield & Ginsburg is a Virginia and Washington D.C. law firm that can speak with you about the incident in the event that the victim files a claim. We can discuss with you about the questions that an officer might ask if you go to court or what might happen if you don’t report the incident after it takes place.