Have you ever played the role of victim in a hit and run accident? If not, that’s great because this article will prepare you for one the worst legal troubles a client can have. If, however, you were a victim of a hit and run accident, as we wish you read this sooner we still hope you can get the right tips here in order to resolve your case. We can all agree a hit and run is a really dirty move for the “runner” that can leave us hanging without anyone to answer for the damage. In any regular case, the drivers would simply exchange information, but with this particular situation people can be left with no one to turn to. It’s best to minimize the injury, so let’s get to problem solving.
As with any other accident, what comes first is always safety. You have a civil duty to help others if you can. Remain calm and assess the situation accordingly. Get out of immediate danger and see to it that others escape as well. If somebody is injured call the ambulance before calling the police. In situations like these police always needs to called.
Look for identification clues
Upon reassuring your safety, try to focus on the details of the crash scene. Your number one priority should be trying to catch the license plate of the escaping vehicle. If it was a full contact blow to the front or the rear of the vehicle, there’s a good change their license plate fell off or it embedded itself into your vehicle. If you don’t manage to catch their plate, don’t worry because there are still other features you can try to identify them by. If you’re familiar with cars types, try remembering the model of the car that hit you. A less obvious way to approach it is by remembering the shape and color of the running car. What oftentimes gets hit-and-runners caught is the damage dealt to their vehicle. This car damage can be easily identified in body shops, parking lots and on the streets.
Let the police track a perpetrator
Inform the police with the information you successfully gathered so that they can track the perpetrator as soon as possible. Once identified, you will know who to bill for repairs and who to press charges against. You can sue them for the suffered pain and damage dealt to you and your vehicle. By their fleeing of the crime scene, they most certainly guaranteed they were the ones to cause you harm, thus only helping your case.
However, if you’re not fortunate enough to identify the driver you can still try to minimize your damage with insurance claims. This is why it’s important to get a good insurer, because not everyone will cover this kind of damage. Luckily, Florida is one of the twelve no-fault states in which such insurance is sold.
Hopefully this gave you a better knowledge for acting rightfully in such a nasty situation as a hit and run. Keep an eye out, because you never know when it might happen to you.