Legal Actions After A Hit And Run
Hit and run accidents can leave victims with physical injuries and emotional scars. These traumatic experiences are extremely upsetting emotionally, and on top of their pain and suffering, victims often face significant financial burdens because they begin gathering medical bills and other accident-related expenses in the wake of the event.
Gathering Evidence After a Hit and Run Accident
After a hit and run accident, gathering evidence is crucial to building a strong case. Here are some steps you should take after an unexpected crash in Florida.
- Call law enforcement. If you are struck by a hit and run driver, the first thing you should do is call the police. Even if the driver fled the scene, the police can gather evidence and file a report, which will be essential for any future legal action.
- Gather data and information. Write down all information that could be helpful in the future. For instance, make a note of the color, make, model, and license plate number of the vehicle. Collecting the names and contact information of all witnesses who saw the accident is also advised.
- Take pictures. With your phone, you can take pictures of the accident scene, including any damage to your vehicle, any skid marks on the road, and any injuries you sustained. Do not worry about your images not being professional, it is far more important to get the images you can immediately than to wait because you want to secure a better image.
- See a doctor. Even if you feel okay after the accident, it is important to seek medical attention as some injuries, including whiplash or internal bleeding, may not be immediately apparent and need timely care.
In addition to prompt medical attention providing you with the best physical outcome, the records of your medical care will support your need for damage recovery if you choose to file an insurance claim or pursue legal action at a later date.
Accessing Financial Resources for Accident Expenses
In Florida, may car accident victims first turn to their own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. Your PIP insurance can help cover your medical bills and lost wages. And when it comes to your own policies, some Florida residents also carry Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. In these situations, if the driver who hit you does not have adequate insurance, or if they cannot be identified, your UM coverage can help cover your accident-related expenses.
Walk through the insurance policies you currently carry with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer. Then, your attorney can negotiate settlements and discuss possible legal action with you.
Have you been looking over your accident expenses and are not sure who should be responsible for settling the debts? Talk through your situation with the skilled attorneys at Roman & Roman. Personal injury lawyers with over 100 years of combined experience are available to answer your questions and guide you toward a full and fair monetary recovery package. To learn more, book a no-obligation, free consultation today.
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