Nobody wants to deal with the aftermath of a car accident, even if the accident itself is relatively minor. However, trying to figure out what to do in the aftermath of a car accident where the other party has driven off from the scene can be particularly maddening.
The good news is that the steps for dealing with a hit-and-run accident are not terribly different from those dealing with a regular accident. As per State Farm, you should stay where the accident occurred and contact the police in the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident.
Why should I let the culprit go?
It is not a good idea to chase off after the culprit. It is better to pull off to the side of the road and call 911 for medical attention if it is necessary.
If medical attention is not necessary, you can call the police non-emergency number to report the accident like you would if the other person had stayed on the scene. It is also a good idea to take photos of the accident.
What else can I do?
If there are any eyewitnesses to the hit-and-run accident, ask if they have any footage of the accident. Since most people have smartphones, it is possible that an eyewitness has gotten a picture of the culprit or a picture of their license plate.
It will be much easier for the police to track down the other person if there is video or photo evidence of him or her. If this exists, you can give it to the police while you are making the police report for the accident.