Drivers must legally stop after an accident, get aid and supply their information unless they are unable to do so, in which case they must report the accident immediately. Anyone who does not do so is guilty of a hit and run.

Here’s what you should do if you are in an accident and the other driver leaves:

Make sure you are safe

After any accident, you should always make sure that you are safe and uninjured. Pull over, put on your hazard lights and check for any injuries or pain.

Stay at the scene

Even though the other driver did not stop, you still must stay at the scene of the accident. Do not try to chase after the other driver.

Call the police

Always call the police when you get in an accident, but especially if it’s a hit and run. You will need them to make a report of the accident. Ask for an ambulance if you are injured.

Get documentation

Make sure to gather any documentation that you can while at the scene of the accident. Take photos of the scene and damages. Write down everything that happened while it is still fresh in your mind. Make notes of anything you remember about the other car and the driver. Talk to any potential witnesses and get their information.

Call your insurance company and your attorney

After your accident, you should promptly report it to your insurance company and let them know that it was a hit and run.

With Connecticut’s evading responsibility law, a driver who does not stop after an accident commits the crime of a hit and run. If there is a serious injury or death because of the accident, the driver who left the scene face up to 10 years in prison and fine of up to $10,000.

When you are involved in a hit and run, you should always contact an attorney. They will help you fight for the compensation you need to recover from a hit and run and hold the other driver accountable.