Drivers tend to flee the scene of an accident for one of three reasons: they do not have a valid driver’s license, they are intoxicated or they are not insured. If you are involved in a hit-and-run crash, stay at the scene and take several steps to maximize your chances of a positive outcome.
Below are some simple steps to follow:
- Get the license plate number of the other vehicle, if possible.
- Call the police and report the accident. Give an officer the license plate number if you have it.
- While waiting for police to arrive, take photos of your vehicle and the accident site, and see if you can track down any witnesses. Take down their information and the details of what they saw.
- Complete an accident report with police and have witnesses speak with the police, as well.
- Call your insurance company to report the crash.
Never leave the scene of the accident to confront the other driver. The chances of you actually keeping up with the other driver are slim, and even if you do, the situation could quickly turn ugly. It’s better to stay where you are and make sure there’s documentation that the accident occurred.
You should also avoid unnecessarily blocking traffic while waiting for police to arrive. Do not wait in your car if it is in a travel lane — get out of the vehicle and move to a safe place.
Being involved in a Florida hit-and-run accident can be a frustrating experience, but you may have options. For further guidance, contact an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.