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If I’m Hurt in a Hit-and-Run Accident in Florida, What Should I Do?

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No one ever anticipates being involved in a car accident when they get behind the wheel. However, these crashes happen, so knowing how to proceed is critical. Unfortunately, the protocol may go out the window when you get your bearings after being hit, only to find that the negligent driver responsible for the crash is nowhere to be found. If you are hurt in a hit-and-run accident in Florida, understanding what to do is critical. The following blog explains why connecting with a Broward County car accident lawyer is essential to help you through these complex matters.

What Is a Hit-and-Run?

When you are involved in an auto accident, it’s standard for both drivers to remain at the scene of the crash, call the police to file a report, and exchange insurance information. However, a hit-and-run occurs when a driver, typically the party at fault for the collision, leaves the scene of the accident before they can exchange information or contact the police.

Unfortunately, there are several reasons someone may flee the scene of a collision before waiting for police or exchanging information. For example, they may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating a vehicle on a suspended license, or there is a warrant out for their arrest. Others may be afraid of facing the consequences of their actions.

How Should I Proceed if Hurt?

When you are involved in a hit-and-run, your first instinct may be to follow the other driver to get their information, such as their license plate number or the make and model of their vehicle. However, you must remain at the scene. Not only can this be dangerous, as the other driver can become erratic in an attempt to evade you, but your injuries may make it unsafe for you to operate a vehicle.

Instead, you should call emergency services as soon as possible to request police and medical support at your location. When they arrive, the police will ask you questions about the other vehicle. Try to provide as much detail as possible, as they will look for cars matching the description with damage consistent with the collision. Additionally,  they will interview any witnesses who can provide further details about the crash.

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

Recovering the compensation you deserve after a hit-and-run can be overwhelming. As such, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney, as you’ll find they can handle the legal complexities of this matter so you can focus on healing from the injuries you’ve endured. They can help you handle the insurance claims process and pursue additional damages against the negligent driver if they are located.

When you’re in a hit-and-run, you may feel alone. However, the Finizio Law Group is ready to assist you. We understand the impact sustaining injuries in a car accident can have on your life, which is why we will do everything possible to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact our team today to learn how we can guide you through this process.

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