In Florida, a hit and run accident is a crime. Victims of hit and run accidents have a number of legal options. In the case that you or someone you love has been involved in a hit and run, here are a few basic steps that you should take in order to receive the compensation due to them.
First, it is critical to recall as many details as possible. We understand that his can be very difficult, especially if the circumstances are such that they include severe or life-threatening injuries. However, this step can be crucial in tracking down the offending driver later on. Sometimes it helps to seek a counselor. He or she may be able to clarify details for you.
What Sort Of Details Should I Try To Remember?
Try to remember:
Car make and model, color
Description of the driver if possible
Some or all of the digits on the license plate
Bumper stickers, body work, or other unique details of the vehicle
Any of these details will help law enforcement locate the vehicle after the incident. Remember, any information you can give about the hit and run driver will help the authorities find the driver.
Get A Police Report
Call the police. Filing a police report is an absolute must. Without a proper, timely police report, you won’t be able to take any further steps.
Seek Medical Attention Right Away
After law enforcement has been notified, seek immediate medical attention. Prompt medical attention will make recuperation and healing much easier. Comprehensive documentation, including photographs, of all injuries resulting from a hit and run driver will clearly establish injuries that were directly caused by the accident and the driver that got away, making the creation of a case much easier.
Document, Document, Document!
Once you or your loved one is healthy enough, document any property damage that occurred as a result of the hit and run. Any automobile body damage of your vehicle or a bicycle is the most common example of property damage as a result of a hit and run accident. The more pictures, the better. It’s also good to keep pictures of your car around in its finest shape so that you can show before/after photographs.
Contact A Hit And Run Attorney
Finally, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can help victims of hit and run drivers a great deal. They can help investigators and law enforcement in locating the driver, help handle inquiries from insurance companies, and give valuable advice on how to handle complicated situations, such as deciding whether or not to file a claim in court.
While being the victim of a hit and run may initially seem like a hopeless situation, remember a few clear steps and asking for help will put a victim in the best position they can be in when dealing with their accident.
Lowman Law Firm is a friendly, small-town law firm who has our clients’ best interest forefront in our mind at all times.