What To Do If You Are a Victim of a Hit and Run
A hit and run accident, which is described as an accident where one of the parties flees the scene after hitting another car, a cyclist, or a pedestrian, often results in grave injuries or death. These accidents are still commonplace all over the country. In 10 months between December 2018 and October 2019, there were 103,011 hit & run crashes in Florida, with 207 resulting in fatalities and 21,610 in injuries. These numbers only reflect how often this could happen and why it is important to always have a plan of action after a potentially traumatic event.
If you are injured or your property is damaged in a hit & run accident, you may be unable to see the driver, the car, or the plate number in the middle of the confusion. However, try to be aware of your surroundings, get as much information as possible, write it down on your phone, or record it for your records. Under no circumstances are you to move from the scene or follow the person who has fled the scene, as this could be potentially dangerous and even damaging to your case.
Call emergency services if you or your passengers are hurt and assess your property’s damage. Make sure to give a detailed description of the accident, showing any recordings or pictures you have taken. It is crucial that you do not deny yourself medical attention, even if you seem to feel ok. The body can suppress pain under some stressful circumstances, and the consequences of not getting a check-up can be fatal.
If you were able to get the name of the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit & run accident, the authorities can do a plate lookup and locate the driver. A hit & run amounts to a criminal case, and the person can be prosecuted for damages. However, more often than not, these reckless drivers are not found, and the victim is left to deal with the insurance company to cover bodily injury and property damage.
It is imperative to notify your insurance company of the accident without delay. This will ensure that you understand your coverage and start the process, which can be lengthy in these cases. Navigating this process can be complicated, and calling 1-800-411 PAIN can save you time and distress. We will listen to you and refer you to the best lawyers and medical attention to manage your case and guide you in finding the medical help you’ll need after a traumatic accident. After 911, make sure to call 411-PAIN, and we’ll make sure you get the compensation and care you deserve.