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What to do after a hit-and-run accident

Getting into a car accident is frustrating and painful; getting into an accident with a person who then flees the scene only makes the experience worse. People in this situation can feel hopeless and angry, particularly when there is property damage or physical injuries resulting from a serious crash.

Under these circumstances, it is important for accident victims to not lose hope. You can protect yourself by taking some crucial steps.

Document everything

Just as you would do after any accident, you should diligently record details of the accident. This can include writing down everything you remember and taking pictures of the scene and your vehicle. You should also document anything you can recall about the other driver or vehicle, and talk to any witnesses in the area who may be able to recall details you cannot. 

Filing a police report can also be crucial after a hit-and-run accident. Not only will you need this report to file a claim with your insurance, it can also provide critical data that can help authorities track down the fleeing driver.

Examine your legal options

Consulting an attorney after a hit-and-run crash can be critical for at least a couple reasons. In some cases, insurance companies wrongfully deny or delay claims, for instance.

Or, there may be ways of identifying the other driver and holding that person responsible for their actions. A personal injury attorney can have the experience and resources to investigate a crash that you do not, and he or she can provide valuable support and guidance as you assess your options. 

Leaving the scene of a serious accident is irresponsible and illegal in Florida. Therefore, it is crucial for victims of these crashes to not give up or assume there is nothing that can be done. Reporting the accident and pursuing an investigation can help identify the driver and hold him or her accountable for their actions.

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