Even a minor fender-bender can be distressing and ruin your day. However, dealing with the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident can be particularly traumatic. Especially if the accident was severe, watching the culprit drive off without a care is devastating.

Given that a hit-and-run accident can be extremely emotional, understanding what to do in the aftermath is imperative. The most important thing to do after a hit-and-run accident, according to State Farm Insurance, is to stay at the scene of the accident.

What if I could catch the culprit?

The problem with going after the culprit is that it will dramatically affect the eyewitness accounts. If two cars get into a collision and both of them speed away from the scene, eyewitnesses are not going to be able to discern who was at fault in the accident.

Instead of driving off after the culprit, make sure that nobody in your car or their vicinity has sustained injury. If somebody sustained injury, make sure to call 911. You should also move your vehicle out of traffic if it is safe to do so, like you would do with any other accident.

Should I talk to the eyewitnesses?

Talking to eyewitnesses at the scene of a hit-and-run accident is a very good idea. Considering how most people have smartphones, it is very possible that an eyewitness has video or photo evidence of the accident.

Particularly if an eyewitness was able to catch the license plate number of the culprit, it will be comparatively easy for the police to locate him or her. Even if nobody was able to get a photo of the license plate, having a picture of the car itself and potentially the culprit may help.