16 May Hit and Run – Do I Have a Case?
Anytime there are injuries resulting from a hit and run accident, it is best to get the advice and assistance of an experienced accident attorney. We understand being the victim of a hit and run accident is traumatic. It may comfort you to know, when the person causing the crash leaves the scene of the accident and does not stop to render aid or take responsibility, and does not report the accident immediately to local law enforcement, you may have a case. You are entitled to damages that compensate medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, etc. These types of damages must be proportionate to the harm caused. Your personal injury lawyer will handle these intricacies.
What Should I Do?
If the running driver cannot be found through witness identification of their license plate, video evidence from the scene, or by turning themselves in, there is no way to hold them accountable. In this case, accident victims with Uninsured Motorist coverage may still be able to make a claim under their own insurance policy; we always recommend purchasing Uninsured Motorist coverage, as 1 of 4 drivers in Florida have no Bodily Injury coverage available. Again, it is best to retain a personal injury lawyer to help you properly handle these important details!
Your accident attorney will need all the details from the scene, as well as other pertinent information. Here are a few things you can do to be prepared:
- Remain at the scene and call 911 immediately
- Gather as much information as possible. If you have any identifying information regarding the vehicle or driver that left the scene, give it to the police immediately over the phone
- It is critical to get names and contact information for all witnesses. In a hit and run accident, witnesses are vitally important.
- Take pictures of the scene and your vehicle.