You were driving through an intersection when the unexpected happened. A driver headed your way hit your vehicle from behind, hard enough to spin your car around. You immediately felt the shock of the crash, but you got out to make sure the other driver was okay. That’s when you noticed the vehicle that hit you driving away.

How could someone leave the scene when you could have been hurt? It happens more often than you might think. Sometimes, these people are only thinking of themselves. Other times, they’re in a rush and are stunned by the crash, leaving when the adrenaline surges. Regardless of why they did it, it’s not acceptable to leave the scene. If this happened to you, there are steps you need to take to ensure the hit-and-run driver is brought to justice.

Remember what you can about the driver, vehicle and license plate

If you have a chance to write down the license plate number, have a dash cam or can get that information from a witness, it could be the information needed to hold a person accountable for hitting your vehicle. Try to remember the make and model of the vehicle, the color and other defining features. Call 911 right away, so officers in the area can begin to search for the hit-and-run driver.

Talk to witnesses

If you saw a partial license plate number or were in a crash near a store, you might want to talk to witnesses or the store manager. If a store collects security footage on its cameras, there is a chance you can obtain that footage and help the police find the person who hit you.

Likewise, with help from witnesses, you may be able to report the entire license plate number or get additional information about the driver or vehicle. Some people even use social media to ask for help finding drivers with vehicles like the one involved in the crash. If another vehicle has damage corresponding to your accident, it can close the case on the hit-and-run.

Focus on healing

Of course, the most important thing to do is to focus on healing from any injuries you suffered in the hit-and-run collision. The kinds of injuries you’ve suffered could help reaffirm the speed at which the vehicle was traveling or the angle of impact. Any information you collect can bolster your case once the driver is found.

Hit-and-run collisions often injure and maim the victims, but those who flee aren’t thinking about the ones they hurt. It is your right to do all that you can to bring them to justice.