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What should I do if I am in a hit-and-run accident?

A hit-and-run accident occurs when a vehicle hits another vehicle and the responsible driver leaves the scene of the incident without executing their duties. Drivers are compelled to stop, render aid and offer their identification when they are involved in collisions; Hawaii residents may discover, though, that not all accident-causing individuals are willing to stop after they have caused injuries and losses to others.

After a hit-and-run accident there are a number of important steps that a victim should take. If the victim is able they should first stay at the accident scene to make sure they and the other parties involved are able to exchange contact and insurance information. However, victims who suffer injuries should always seek medical attention for their ailments to prevent those problems from becoming worse.

If a victim is left alone after a hit-and-run driver has left the scene they should check and make sure that their passengers are unharmed. They should next call for help by contacting local law enforcement authorities and emergency medical services if needed. If they are able, they should take note of any information they can of the hit-and-run driver, such as vehicle make and model, color and characteristics that may help authorities identify the driver.

Victims of hit-and-run accidents should track their accident-related costs and work with authorities to help identify the individuals who caused them to suffer harm. Contacting a motor vehicle accident attorney can be a good step for a hit-and-run accident victim to take to ensure that they are not missing any important steps to protecting their rights to compensation.

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