Car, motorcycle, and truck related accidents can cause serious and sometimes debilitating injuries. When these accidents are considered "hit and run," the victim can still receive compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. If you have been injured in a hut and run accident, it is highly recommended you speak with an injury lawyer in Stuart, FL as soon as you are able.
In the state of Florida, over 70,000 hit and run accidents were reported in 2012. This was a significant increase in hit and runs in 2011, of which nearly 60,000 were reported. Of the 70,000 reported in 2012, 138 of these accidents resulted in the death of the victim.
The Florida Highway Patrol is currently taking these hit and run accident statistics seriously, and has increased the number of patrols on Florida highways. Though this is a noble effort, the simple fact is hit and run accidents will not completely cease; therefore drivers should be aware of how to handle these types of accidents.
If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you should:
- Once an accident has occurred, be sure to notify the police as soon as possible. Time is of the essence and the quicker the hit and run accident is reported, the better the chances the assailant can be brought to justice.
- Do not attempt to chase down the assailant, especially if you are injured. Seek medical attention and stay put until authorities have arrived.
- Call your insurance company to notify them of the hit and run. Once the police have written out a report of the accident, be sure to present the report to your attorney. Your attorney will then begin the process of collecting evidence on your behalf to support your claim.
- Be sure to write down everything you remember about the accident while it is still fresh in your mind. If there were any witnesses to the accident, be sure to get their contact information so your attorney can speak with them about the circumstances surrounding your accident. Witnesses may also remember pertinent information about the assailant such as the make and model of the vehicle they were driving. This will help authorities bring the assailant to justice.
- Once your attorney has collected all the necessary evidence, they will contact your insurance company to determine how you will be compensated for your injuries and property damage. If the assailant is not found and apprehended, your attorney may suggest making a claim against on your "uninsured driver" policy.
If you have been injured in a hit and run accident in Florida, please contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. No matter the circumstances of your accident, we will fight hard to garner you the compensation you deserve.