Being the victim of a hit and run accident can be emotionally, physically, and financially devastating. Many victims are confused about how to seek out justice and compensation for their injuries and damage to their car. Having to deal with this type of unfortunate situation is overwhelming, so it is best to work with an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa Bay who understands complex nature of hit and run accidents.
What is a Hit and Run Accident?
When a driver intentionally leaves the scene of an auto accident without providing any kind of contact information, this is known as a hit and run. Two types of accidents fall under the title hit and run including when a car hits you and then immediately speeds off, or when a driver hits your unattended parked car and doesn’t leave any contact information.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Hit and Run
Even though this is one of the most stressful situations you may face, it is important to remain calm and gather as much information as possible. The more information you have about the incident the greater the chances are of the police catching the driver who hit you and your insurance company accepting the claim. After being involved in a hit and run accident, you will want to:
- Write down as much information as you can: You will want to take note about the make, model, and if possible, license plate number of the car that hit you. You will also want to write down other details about the incident including the time and location of the accident.
- Take pictures of the scene: It is also important to take pictures of the scene including your car and the surrounding area. You will also want to take several pictures of the damages to your vehicle, especially highlighting any areas that show paint from the offender’s vehicle.
- Take statements from witnesses: If anyone witnessed the accident, make sure to take their statements about the incident and get their contact information.
The same principles apply if you return to your parked car, and find that someone hit it while you were away. Make sure to write down the time that you left your car and returned to find the damage, the location of where your car was parked, and any damages.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, reach out to the personal injury team at Emerson Straw for your free consultation.