We know auto accidents are stressful, most especially a hit-and-run because it can make us feel completely helpless. Technically speaking, a hit-and-run is the act of something knowingly causing an accident (regardless of whether it was intentional or not) and then fleeing the scene without taking responsibility for the incident by exchanging information with or providing assistance to the other party.
The laws vary in some states but depending on the jurisdiction, a hit-and-run is mostly a misdemeanor unless someone got hurt of injured, in which case, it becomes a felony charge.
When the other person flees, it's important to stay calm and never take matters into your own hands. The first thing you should do is call the police and talk to witnesses, if there are any. Just like an collision, everything must be carefully documented for the insurance company and/or the police. But since that other person took off, things can get a little tricky.
Moreover, here's some more important things for you to remember in the event you become a victim of a hit-and-run:
In other words, stay put. Leaving the scene will muddle the situation. First, you might miss getting eyewitness accounts. Second, the police might end up questioning who's really at fault. Third, and most important of all, you run the risk of getting into another accident, or putting yourself (and others) in a perilous situation without knowing the injuring driver's demeanor.
Whether it was just vehicular damage, or someone is suffering from a serious life-threatening injury as a result of the accident, immediately seek help by calling 911.
It can get rattling to be in a hit-and-run situation, but if you are able, here's some information that are important to take note of:
Alternatively, if your accident happened within the state of Florida, you may use our online resource by clicking here to help you do a quick background check.
In order to ensure that you receive the compensation and rights to which you are legally entitled, it is a good idea to now contact an Auto Accident Attorney.
Your auto accident lawyer will be experienced in handling such cases. Therefore, it is important that you follow their advice.
An auto accident attorney - or an auto accident lawyer - is an attorney who specializes in the law surrounding auto accidents. As with any industry, professionals who specialize gain a deeper understanding of the subject which usually leads to better outcomes. For this reason, if you have been involved in a car accident and you need a lawyer, you should consider an auto accident lawyer.
If you have been involved in a car accident, then it is likely that will have many legal questions facing you. For example:
Having an auto accident lawyer on your side, to help advise you of your rights, will help to ensure that you receive all the compensation and rights to which you are legally entitled.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, it's important to immediately see a medical doctor who can assess (and document) your injuries. Even if you do not feel any initial injuries, it is a good idea to be evaluated, just in case there are any potential delayed-onset injuries for which you do not yet feel any symptoms. Failure to report any medical injuries within a certain number of days (in Florida) may result in your medical expenses not being covered by your PIP insurance. PIP insurance is one of 5 types of insurance which can potentially cover your healthcare bills.
With regards to paying for any damage to your car or other drivers' cars, the insurance covering this will depend on your liability, plus on the insurance plans. An auto accident lawyer can help review your insurance coverage and advise you.
Our auto accident lawyer works on a no-win, no-fee basis. In other words, there is no cost to you unless your case entitles you to compensation.
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