What to do if you are hurt in a hit-and-run accident

On behalf of Eisenmenger, Robinson & Peters, P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, July 03, 2015.

Minor fender-benders on Florida roads are often low key events. When the parties to the accidents are uninjured, they generally know that they should get out of traffic, speak to the other parties and exchange contact and insurance information so that they can have their vehicles repaired. Most people are willing to extend this courtesy to other drivers; some, however, choose to ignore their accident-related obligations and leave the scenes of their collisions.

When an accident-causing driver flees, the accident is often called a hit-and-run crash. Hit-and-run accidents often leave victims alone on roads and streets, sometimes unsure of what exactly happened to them. A person who is the victim of a hit-and-run accident can take some steps to protect himself and his rights following a crash.

First, a person should seek medical attention for any injuries that require treatment. If he can, that victim should try to stay at the accident scene so that police and investigators can collect information and evidence about the crash. Medical personnel in the form of EMTs may be called to aid injured parties at car accident scenes.

Second, hit-and-run victims should share as much information as they can with police officers about the driver and vehicle that caused their harm. Details about what happened prior to an accident, what they remember about the crashes, and how the negligent drivers acted after the crashes can be important details to a hit-and-run investigation.

Finally, victims of hit-and-run accidents may wish to keep their own records of what happened, including any bills that they incurred as a result of their crashes, for use in later litigation. Personal-injury attorneys can help hit-and-run accident victims understand their rights even before liability is assigned to a responsible party. Many accident victims can sue those who cause their damages for the compensation they need to become whole following their hit-and-run crashes.