Are You the Victim of a Hit and Run? Here’s What to Do
Automobile accidents can be difficult to deal with sometimes, especially ones that result in an injury. An accident can be made much more difficult however if the person who inflicted the injury fled the scene after the accident. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you may be wondering what you should do in order to be able to receive restitution for your injuries and, thankfully, there are options.
The first thing you should do if you are involved in a hit and run accident is to try to get the license plate number of the other driver. Sometimes while the other driver is moving away, you’ll be able to get a good look at the plate, so but sure to write it down as soon as you do. If you are unable to, at least take note of whatever information you can get, preferably the color, model, and make of the vehicle.
Secondly, you should contact the police and file an incident report. The key is to bolster this report with as much information as possible, including pictures of the scene and a list of initial injuries. If possible, gather eyewitnesses who were also near the scene to make your testimony stronger later on.
While doing all this, remember to pull your car over to the side of the road so as to not block traffic. Remember also to not pursue or try to confront the other driver, as that strategy very rarely allows you to gain any ground.
Any time that you or someone you know is involved in an automobile accident, especially a hit and run, it is a good idea to consult with a lawyer to weigh out your options and support your case. To learn how we at the Franco Firm can assist you in these cases, please call us at (813) 872-0929.