Hit and Run Accidents
In a Florida, a hit and run accident is a serious crime. A hit and run occurs when a driver is involved in a car accident and leaves the scene without identifying themselves to anyone else involved in the accident. Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows that tens of thousands of hit and run accidents occur in Florida every year. Hit and run accidents can be stressful and complicated, so it’s important to know what to do if you’re the victim of such an accident.
What to do After a Hit and Run Accident
If you are the victim of a hit and run, your first priority should be your safety and the safety of those around you. Make sure everyone is safe, pull your car out of traffic if possible, and call an ambulance if necessary. You should also call the police after a hit and run accident so that you can make a report. Seek medical treatment after the accident, even if you don’t feel that you’ve been seriously injured.
Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to chase the driver. The dangers of the chase will outweigh the benefits of catching up to them. However, you can make a note of anything you remember about the vehicle that hit you, including:
- License plate number
- Make and model of the vehicle
- Any identifying features on the vehicle such as dents or bumper stickers
- Description of the driver
Ask any nearby businesses if they have surveillance video of the accident which can be helpful in identifying the driver.
Just as in any accident in Florida, you have the right to file a claim with your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This insurance will cover your medical bills and some of your lost wages up to the limits of your policy. Further coverage will depend on the elections you’ve made on your auto insurance. If you have collision insurance, then the cost of repairs to your vehicle will be covered. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, it will also cover you if you’ve been seriously injured in a hit and run accident.
Contact a Trusted Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, the process can be complicated, so it’s important to consult with an experienced Florida car accident attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk we have the experience you need. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.