What To Do After A Hit-And-Run Accident
Few things are more stressful than being involved in a car accident. Unless of course, it was a hit-and-run accident. Hit-and-run drivers are drivers who flee the scene of an accident instead of staying to make sure the person is okay and talk to police. In Florida, it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident. However, it still happens frequently. Often hit-and-run accidents happen because the driver is under the influence or wants to avoid the consequences of their actions. If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident it can be difficult to get full coverage for your injuries and any financial harm that you incur as a result of it. In this post we will include some steps to take to maximize your chances of identifying a hit-and-run driver and/or recovering the costs from the accident.
Tips for After a Hit-and-Run Accident
- Record everything you remember as soon as possible. If you have the ability and wherewithal to whip out your camera during or after the accident, try to get a photo or video of the vehicle to help with identification. If this is not possible, record a voice memo or make a note as soon as possible after the accident in which you describe everything that you remember about the vehicle, including any license plate numbers or letters that you can recall, the color, make, and model of the vehicle, and any other details, such as damage to the vehicle or bumper stickers it may have had. Do this as soon as possible after the accident because your memory will fade as time goes on. A voice memo is a good idea as you will often recall more details as you talk.
- Look for cameras. If you have a dash cam, make sure to save the footage and review it to see if you can get more information on the vehicle. You can also scan the area to see if there are any traffic cameras or security cameras that may have seen the vehicle.
- Get witness information. If there are any bystanders who witnessed the accident be sure to get their contact information so that they can provide a statement to the police.
- Call the police. Call the police and report the accident. Hit-and-run accidents are a crime so the police will collect as much information as possible in order to locate the offender. They may also be able to use the information you have collected to find possible suspects.
- Call your insurance. Find out how much of your medical costs and damages will be covered by your PIP and uninsured motorist coverage and whether there will be additional costs that are not covered.
Talk to the Lawyers at Leifer & Ramirez in Boca Raton
If you have been seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, talk to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Leifer & Ramirez in order to determine what options may be available to you and how you can recover damages for the harm that you have suffered. Contact our hit and run lawyers today to schedule a consultation. We serve clients in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, and communities throughout Florida.