Are you a victim of a hit and run? Sometimes it feels like you’re in the dark after experience an accident where the driver involved flees the scene. Maybe you have absolutely no idea who committed the crime, but you’re dealing with the consequences of it. It is completely justified to be upset in this time, but it is important to focus on what you need to know in order to handle the case efficiently and correctly.
Unfortunately, nearly 25 percent of all crashes in Florida involve a hit-and run (LINK STAT to https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/driving-safety/hitrun/). Hit and runs penalties that involve someone being injured can be a second or third-degree felony. If you are involved in a crash, stay at the scene and follow these tips.
Here are some of our tips after working with people like you.
- Report the Accident: If you have just experienced a hit and run. First, you need to seek safety. Pull over to an area that is safe for you without leaving the scene. Make sure you’re not parked somewhere that another accident could occur. If you are outside of your car, make sure you are safe outside of driving area and call 911. Report the accident.
- Seek Medical Treatment: If you are injured, share any concerns with paramedics. You may need to go to the hospital. If the injuries are not an emergency, we do suggest dealing with your injuries sooner rather than later. Book a doctors appointment if necessary.
- Document Your Own Proof: While cops may also analyze property and possibly take their own photos, we highly suggest you take your own photos/videos and write your own notes to have on your personal phone. Jot down even details you may deem unnecessary. They could be important later on. Assess the damage.
- Speak with Witnesses: Eyewitnesses are extremely valuable for a hit and run case. Did any drivers see the accident and pull over? Did there happen to be any pedestrians or bike riders that saw what happened? Their view of the wreck could have more information than even your own. They could describe the driver’s path, give hints at their ID, and help out when it comes to the court case. Get their contacts.
- Don’t Do Too Much: Because accidents are highly emotional, it can be confusing when you are presented with options. Instead, decline until you’re in a fresh state of mind. You do not have to accept liability for the wreck, you do not have to speak with insurance adjusters, and you do not have to sign legal documents.
We’re here to help you. If you’re looking for a highly motivated group of attorneys, you’re in the right place. Sessums Law Group, P.A. is a firm of experienced Sebring, Lakeland, Tampa, and Sarasota car accident attorneys. We can answer these and any other queries you may have regarding your case. Call our offices or contact us online today.