Getting into any type of car accident can be a traumatic and dangerous experience, but when the person who caused the crash leaves the scene of the accident, you may find yourself even more upset and frustrated than you would have been otherwise. Hit and run crashes stay steady at around 25% of all crashes in Florida, meaning that you have a 1 in 4 chance of being in an accident and then watching the responsible party flee the scene to avoid providing you with contact information and attempt to avoid responsibility entirely. If you are involved in one of the roughly 100,000 hit and run accidents that happen each year, you will need to work with an Orlando car accident lawyer who can help you navigate this additionally complicated process and get the money that you deserve.
Contact Fasig | Brooks Today To Get Legal Support For Your Hit and Run Accident
After being injured in a hit and run accident, you will still need to figure out how to get the money you need to address your medical bills, lost wages, and other impacts on your life and your wellbeing. However, since there may not be any way to identify and track down the responsible party we may need to work directly with your insurance company through your Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist policy if you have one. Unfortunately, Florida does not require that all drivers carry this type of insurance, although Florida has the highest rate of uninsured drivers in the United States at more than 25%.
The Orlando personal injury lawyers at our firm understands the complexity of these types of accidents, and we will be happy to provide you with the legal support that you need and deserve through this difficult time. There are a variety of different options that we may be able to choose from when we look for the best way to settle your case, and will then pursue the options that give us the best chance of a fair settlement for your case.
Read more below about hit and run accidents in Florida, and contact us now for a free initial consultation about your case. We will be able to use this opportunity to discuss the specifics of your accident, as well as to give you a better idea of the level of support that you get when you are a client of Fasig | Brooks. Our award-winning team strives to provide all of our clients with compassion, and you will be no different.
What To Do After a Hit and Run Accident in Florida
As with any accident, the most important thing to do after a hit and run is to make sure that you are safe from any additional injury, and that you contact 911 as soon as possible so that first responders can be dispatched to the scene. By calling 911, you will be relaying the information about your crash to an operator who will then alert the fire department, police department, and EMTs of the situation so that they can get there as quickly as possible and provide you with the care you need.
Provide a Statement To Police
If you are in stable condition and are able to speak with the police at the scene of the accident, it is best that you do so. Memories fade quickly, and as the adrenaline begins to fade you may find yourself second-guessing or questioning details about the crash. The sooner you are able to provide an account to the police, the more accurate your statement will be. Try to make note of the vehicle make, model, and year, as well as any identifying information about the driver such as a license plate number or physical appearance.
Get Medical Attention
Regardless of whether or not you are able to leave the scene of the accident on your own or must take an ambulance to the emergency room, it is absolutely essential that you get medical attention beyond the care you get at the scene of the crash. Of course, the primary reason for this is so that you have the best chance of recovering, but it is equally important that you establish official records of your injuries that will be central to your insurance claim.
Hire an Attorney
The first thing that you should do once you have taken care of your immediate medical needs is to contact a reputable and experienced car accident attorney who has a history of success with hit and run cases, like the team at Fasig | Brooks. Before you even alert the insurance company about your accident, it will help to have legal advice and representation to ensure that each step that you take is done with the intention of maximizing your settlement and avoiding complications in your case.
Contact Fasig | Brooks Today
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to take over the complex process of seeking compensation after a Florida hit and run accident. We want to be sure that you are able to give your entire attention to recovery without taking on the stress of your insurance claim so that you can make a full recovery, both physically and financially.