Getting into an unforeseen automobile accident can be very stressful and ruin your day. It is bad enough when the accident is a minor fender-bender and you merely exchange insurance information with the other driver and go home. Watching the other person involved in the accident speed away from the scene is even worse.
Hit-and-run accidents can be especially frustrating, which is why it is important to understand how to deal with them. As per State Farm Insurance, even if the other driver flees the scene of an accident you must stay at the scene and try to talk to witnesses.
How is this not illegal?
The specific laws governing what happens after a hit-and-run accident depends on your jurisdiction, but in most places it is illegal for somebody to drive off after an accident. In many cases doing so is an automatic misdemeanor charge; if a party at the scene sustains an injury, it can escalate into a felony.
This is why it is vital for you to stay at the scene even if the other person leaves. Chasing after them can be a very bad legal decision. Move your car out of traffic if necessary and call 911 for emergency help if needed.
How can witnesses help?
Remember that many people have smartphones. It is possible that somebody in the vicinity noticed what was going on and got a picture of the driver or the vehicle. If an eyewitness has any video or photo evidence of the accident, it will be very valuable to you and potentially to the police.