You’re driving along, and then – boom! – out of nowhere, another car hits you. You’re shocked, scared, and probably dazed and hurt. Then, you see the other driver peeling out and leaving! What you’ve just experienced is a hit-and-run accident – and a felony.
In fact, Florida is one of three states with the highest death rates from hit and run car accidents. This is a serious matter, but professionals can help you.
What Is a Hit and Run Accident?
A hit and run accident is one where the at-fault driver leaves the scene of the crime. This can include hitting another driver, a pedestrian or cyclist, or an object, such as a building, sign, or parked car. Anytime a driver hits something and leaves without providing information or contacting the authorities, it’s considered hit and run.
Most states consider a hit and run an accident, even if it’s hitting a stationary item. The only exception to a hit-and-run charge is if no one is around, so you file a police report yourself.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been a Victim of Hit and Run?
After a hit and run, the first thing you should do is to make sure that you and any passengers are ok. It’s important to call 911, as well. Right after an accident, people often have high adrenaline levels, which can mask injuries and cause you to feel like you’re not hurt. Emergency medical responders are trained to diagnose soft tissue and car accident injuries, even if you feel like you’re ok. 911 calls also include police, which is essential. They’ll file an accident report, which you can use for your insurance company. The report documents the circumstances surrounding the accident. If the police find the other driver, the accident report is important evidence against them. Plus, if you hire a lawyer after the accident, they’ll use the police and medical reports to build your case.
Never try to pursue the other driver. Instead, collect as much information as possible, including the car’s make, model, color, and any parts of its license plate you remember.
Consequences Of a Hit and Run Accident
Hit and run car accidents can have the same consequences as a “regular” accident. You may sustain injuries, especially those to the neck or spine. You may also have damage to your vehicle, or it may be completely totaled. If you’re walking or riding your bike, the physical injuries can be considerably worse.
If you’ve been hurt in this kind of accident, Accident Agents can help. We work with you to find the best medical care and legal assistance and work as liaisons between you, your car accident lawyer, and your medical team. We can also help you get to your doctor’s appointments and find a replacement or loaner vehicle. When you’ve been hurt in a hit and run, you need someone on your side, guiding you through the medical and legal systems and giving you information, advice, and help along the way.
Give Accident Agents a call today, or contact us online for more information and a personalized consultation. We’re here to care for you!