These are the most important things you can do:
- Don’t become aggressive with the other driver, in trying to obtain insurance info. Your safety is first priority
- Get the license plate number, and if possible the name of the other driver
- Call 911, report the accidemt and request a Police Officer
- Get and document as much information as you can
- Contact an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer as soon after the accident as possible
When you’ve been in an accident, the stress of an uncooperative driver can compound the worry you feel about your car, your insurance rates, and potentially your health. If the other driver won’t give you his insurance information, you’re not out of luck.
You still can do the following:
Don’t push it and put yourself at risk!
Your safety is of paramount importance, and there’s no benefit to being aggressive toward the other driver or otherwise trying to pressure him to give you his insurance details. If the other driver refuses, don’t push your luck or endanger your safety. Leave him alone, avoid provocation, and take steps to get information without letting the other driver know you’re doing so.
Get a License Plate Number
You don’t need a lot of complicated information to track down the other driver. A simple license plate number will do. If the other driver is behaving aggressively or unreasonably, covertly record his license number before they depart. For the most accurate information, try taking a discrete photo with your cell phone so that you have information on the card as well as a correct license tag number.
Call the Police
In Georgia, if your damage might exceed $500 or you are injured you should contact law enforcement immediately, so a police report is on file. Not only will this save you the trouble of completing your own accident report; it may also convince the other driver to cough up the information.
Get as Much Information as You Can
Do everything you can to get at least some information about the other driver. Write down and document as much as you can, and note the date, time and source of the information. Document in writing all conversations you had at the scene and with whom. It’s important to do this as soon as possible after the accident. This information could prove invaluable in your personal injury case. At Howe & Associates, we recommend you make use of your smart phone at the scene to take notes and pictures.
Call an Attorney
Skilled accident attorneys know how to track down hard-to-find drivers.If the other party to the accident doesn’t have insurance or their insurance agent is giving you the runaround, your attorney can help you get what you need to repair damages and recover if you have sustained an injury. The fact that the other person won’t give you his information is not a reason to give up. An accident can cost tens of thousands of dollars in vehicular damage, health care costs, and lost wages. You deserve to recoup your expenses.
Navigating the insurance world can be a daunting activity, seek the assistance of an experienced auto accident attorney. If you find yourself in this situation, contact the Law Firm of Howe & Associates for a Free consultation.