What to Do if You are Injured in a Hit and Run Accident
Being involved in any kind of car accident can be traumatizing, but the situation can be even more stressful when the other driver flees the scene of the crash. This is known as a hit and run accident and unfortunately, this kind of crash is becoming increasingly common in Florida and across the U.S. In fact, according to the Department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there are around 103,191 hit and run accidents in the state every year. If you were injured in a hit and run accident, it’s important to take certain steps that will help improve your chances of physical and financial recovery.
Seek Medical Attention Right Away
The most important thing you can do if you are involved in a hit and run accident is to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the crash. This is true even for those who don’t immediately feel any pain or notice any injuries right away, as it is not uncommon for the shock of being involved in a crash to mask symptoms following the crash. By seeking medical attention, you can ensure that you receive a diagnosis and can begin treatment as soon as possible. This in turn, can make all the difference in how quickly you are able to recuperate.
Report the Accident
Besides obtaining medical treatment, you’ll also want to report your accident to the police. In fact, doing so in Florida is required in cases where an accident resulted in injuries or in property damage exceeding $500. By filing a report, you can ensure that there is an official record of your accident. Furthermore, the report will contain important information about the accident, including the location and time, as well as the conditions, and whether the police were called.
Just because a driver fled the scene of an accident does not mean that you are out of options when it comes to recovering compensation for your losses, so be sure to gather evidence as your case progresses. Try to note as many details about the other driver and his or her vehicle as you can remember, like the make and model of the car, the color of the vehicle, and even a partial license plate number. Any distinguishing features can help the police identify the at-fault driver. Also, be sure to look for witnesses who may have seen the accident and who can provide valuable testimony about the cause of your crash. Footage from surveillance cameras can also be used to help identify the at-fault party and prove that you weren’t responsible for the accident. Finally, don’t forget to take photos of the accident scene and any damage to your car.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Even if you are initially unable to identify the hit and run driver who caused your crash, you can still begin the process of recovering compensation for your losses by filing a claim with your insurer. In Florida, all drivers are required to carry PIP insurance, which covers a portion of your medical expenses and lost wages regardless of fault. You may also have uninsured motorist coverage to help you cover the remainder of your losses.
Reach Out to an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
A Florida car accident lawyer can help protect your legal rights following a hit and run accident, giving you the best chance of receiving maximum compensation for your losses. Call Boone & Davis at 954-566-9919 to get started on your case today.