Florida drivers are required by law to stop when they are a part of an accident involving injuries or property damage.
In fact, Florida drivers are also expected to provide "reasonable assistance" to injured victims at the accident scene.
It may seem obvious that a person needs to stop their vehicle and exchange information following an accident, but some drivers don't want to take responsibility for their actions. What's worse is that hit and run drivers can cause serious injuries, property damage, or deaths due to negligent driving and still flee the scene.
What to Do if You are Involved in a Hit and Run Accident
Minor damages or injuries can be made much worse by a driver fleeing the scene of an accident. These irresponsible drivers make hit and run victims feel helpless, but there are crucial steps you can take
1) Report the Accident to the Police
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, contacting the police immediately is a must!
Do your best to cooperate with police officers in order to find the driver who hit you. Anything you can remember about the car's make, model, color, or defining characteristics may assist law enforcement in tracking down the hit and run driver.
Make sure you notify the police officers (and your car accident attorney) of anyone who witnessed the accident. The smallest details can help find the driver who hit you, so try to be as detailed as possible when recalling the car accident.
2) Seek Medical Attention Immediately
As with all car accidents, seeking medical attention immediately is crucial.
Not only for the sake of your own safety, but also to preserve your no-fault insurance. Too often, injured car accident victims learn too late that certain resources must be used in a timely manner; otherwise, they may not be available.
For example, in Florida if you do not receive medical care within 14 days of an accident, then your no-fault insurance company may not have to legally pay any of your bills.
3) Evaluate Your Insurance Coverage
A hit and run car accident case can be difficult to resolve. Florida's no-fault insurance system dictates that a driver's own policy pays for personal injuries, but the at-fault driver pays for property damages. If the at-fault driver is nowhere to be found, then recovering payments for your property damage may be impossible. Before you find yourself in this situation, evaluate your car insurance coverage. Collision coverage can pay for your property damage in a car accident if you don't have the hit and run driver's insurance information.
Further Questions about Hit and Run Accidents?
Coye Law Firm's experienced car accident attorneys will pursue all recoverable benefits in your hit and run case. Our staff offers valuable guidance for car accident victims. We do everything we can to find the person responsible for your accident and bring them to justice. Negligent drivers should take responsibility for their actions, and calling the Coye Law Firm is the first step in that process.