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Most Cedar Rapids hit and runs happen to parked vehicles

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Imagine coming out of work or a store and finding someone has hit your vehicle, but didn't leave a note.

According to new claims data released by Allstate Insurance, that is happening frequently across the country and right here in Eastern Iowa.

Allstate says that 81% of hit-and-run accidents in Cedar Rapids involved unattended, parked vehicles.

In Des Moines, it's 75% of hit-and-runs.

Nationwide, 69% of hit-and-runs involve unattended, parked vehicles. 

So, what do you do if you hit a parked car?

Allstate recommends drivers always leave a note, including contact information and an explanation of what happened no matter the extent of damage.

And what if you find that someone has hit your car and hasn't left a note? 

Here are some tips from Allstate:

- Survey your immediate surroundings. If the other vehicle's driver can not be located, check the perimeter of your vehicle to see if they left a note with their contact information.

- Call the police immediately to file an accident report.

- Get the facts at the scene. Ask people nearby the scene if they witnessed the accident. Take down their reports and contact information.

- Check for surveillance cameras. If the accident occurred in a parking lot, check to see if a surveillance camera caught the incident on tape.

- Take pictures. If you don't have a camera in your phone, Allstate recommends that drivers keep a disposable camera in the glove box. Snap shots of the damage to your vehicle and of your surroundings.

- Contact your insurance company. Report even a minor accident to your insurance company immediately.

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