What should you do after a hit-and-run?

On Behalf of | Oct 23, 2017 | auto-pedestrian accidents

Witnessing a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian in Illinois can be quite traumatic. You may freeze up or not know exactly what to do. It is in this moment that the victim needs your help the most. According to CityLab, getting involved when you are the witness of a hit-and-run is one of the best things you can do for the victim.

In a pedestrian accident, the chances are fairly good the person will be injured, often severely. He or she may not be conscious. This is your chance to offer a helping hand. Obviously, the first thing you should do is contact law enforcement. After that, you can start taking pictures and gathering evidence. If you have the clarity, try to snap a picture of the vehicle leaving the scene. Some hit-and-run situations involve a vehicle that initially stops but then, once the driver realizes the severity of the situation, he or she flees. Taking a picture of the vehicle can be a huge help to law enforcement and enable them to catch the person who is at fault.

You should not try to move the person, but you can help to block traffic and prevent further issues. The chances are good there will be other witness around who will assist, too. You may want to try to collect information from the other driver if he or she stops. Make sure to provide complete information about what you saw to law enforcement. Do not leave the scene until you talk to them. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.