A car crash can cause severe trauma. However, if the other driver leaves the scene, the situation can become more complicated and stressful. Florida is a common place for hit-and-run accidents. Victims of these accidents can feel helpless and uncertain about what to do next. It is important to take steps to protect your rights and those of your family members if you are injured in a hit & run accident in Florida.
Get medical attention
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately after an accident. Even if there is no pain or obvious injuries, it’s possible to have injuries that aren’t immediately obvious. Shock and adrenaline can mask symptoms of injuries so make sure to see a doctor as soon as you can.
Report the accident to the police
After you’ve received medical attention, you should report the accident to the police. Florida law requires drivers to report any accident that results in injuries or property damage exceeding $500.
If you are injured in a hit-and-run accident, it is likely that the other driver committed a criminal offense. The police can assist you in taking legal action against him.
Collect all evidence
It can be difficult to gather information after an accident, especially if another driver fled the scene. Any information you gather can help you identify the driver and seek compensation for your injuries or damages. Here are some ways to gather information following a hit-and-run accident.
- It is important to keep as much information as you can about the other driver as well as the vehicle that was involved in the accident. You should include the make and model of your vehicle, the color, and any distinguishing features that you might have observed.
- Ask for contact information for witnesses that may have witnessed the accident. Witnesses may be able to give valuable testimony and might have details you didn’t see.
- You should check for surveillance cameras that might have captured the accident. Cameras on nearby buildings, businesses, and traffic lights are all possible.
- Photograph the accident scene, any damage to your car and any injuries. If you are going to take legal action, this will help you provide evidence.
This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is an insurance claim Lawyer. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations, or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your situation.
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