Hit and run incidents are very common on South African roads and this usually happens when motorists avoid taking responsibility.
HIT AND RUN HELPFUL INFO FROM EMPD
In yet another tip of the week, Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) Media Liaison Officer Constable Marie Mashishi sheds light on the responsible way to treat a hit and run incident.
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She says if you’re involved in a hit and run accident while driving, pull over to the side of the road as soon as it’s safe to do so and switch on your hazard lights.
GOLDEN WARNING AFTER THE ACCIDENT
“Do not chase the offender’s driver, and don’t leave the scene of an accident yourself.”
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She adds that if you or any other person is injured, immediately call the police or the emergency services.
“If the police or an Ambulance is required call, 10111. And if possible, record the license plate number, make, model and colour of the offending vehicle,” she explained.
THE MOST VITAL DETAILS TO BEEF UP THE CASE
- Record the location, time and cause of the accident, the direction that the offending driver was headed and any other specifics.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your vehicle/ person, as well as any evidence such as skid marks or damage to barriers and signs.
- Get the names and contact details of any witnesses. and if the police are not present at the scene to complete a report, gather written statements from any witnesses.
- Do not forget to notify your insurance company about the accident if you plan to make a claim. They’ll tell you what further information to provide.