When involved in a car accident, it may take a few seconds to process what happened. However, when you gain your bearings, you may be shocked to find the driver of the vehicle responsible for your accident is speeding away from the accident. Unfortunately, this is all too common, and many victims endure medical bills they did not cause. As such, knowing how to respond to a hit-and-run is crucial. If this reflects your situation, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how a Pasco County, FL car accident lawyer can assist you.
What Is a Hit-and-Run?
When two vehicles are involved in a collision, both drivers are supposed to exchange information and wait for the police to arrive at the accident scene. However, when one driver flees the scene before doing either, it is known as a hit-and-run.
There are a number of reasons a driver may want to leave the scene of a crash before providing their information. They may be intoxicated at the time of the accident, be driving on a suspended license or fear facing responsibility for their negligence.
It’s important to note that a driver who flees the scene of the accident can face a felony if the accident results in an injury or death.
What Should I Do if a Driver Flees the Scene?
If a driver flees the scene of your accident, your first instinct may be to follow them. However, this is not recommended. Not only does it pose a danger to your health because you may have sustained injuries that can inhibit your ability to drive, but it also can be dangerous as the other driver may be erratic or enraged.
Instead, you should remain at the scene and call the police as soon as possible. When the police arrive, you can supply the officers with information regarding the accident, such as the make, model and year of the vehicle. The police will also investigate the damage to your vehicle to look for cars with consistent damage.
How Can an Attorney Assist Me During This Time?
Though you may feel like there is no way to receive justice, working with an attorney can help improve your chances of receiving justice. An attorney can help investigate the accident in an attempt to locate the negligent driver. A lawyer can help access security footage from local homes and businesses to get a video of the accident. This can be used to help locate the other vehicle involved in the accident.
At the Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., our dedicated legal team can assist you if you are the victim of a hit-and-run. Our firm will do everything possible to help bring the negligent driver to justice. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you through this process.