Witnessing a hit-and-run accident can be a troubling experience, especially if the victim suffered injuries or considerable vehicle damage. But as a witness, you play a crucial role, as you could be one of the few sources of information available to help the victim obtain justice and recover compensation.
After witnessing a hit and run, you should first assess the accident scene. If you see injuries or property damage, call 911 immediately to report the crash. Do not attempt to assist or move anyone injured at the scene unless you have the necessary training to do so. Otherwise, wait until paramedics have arrived to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
When police officers arrive, talk to them to provide a witness statement. You should give the following information to the best of your knowledge and as completely as possible:
- Your name, address and contact information
- The time and place the accident occurred
- A license plate number of the vehicle that fled the scene (if you have it)
- A description of the vehicle, including make, model, color and any other potentially identifying characteristics
- A description of the driver who fled
- A detailed description of what you saw and from which vantage point you saw it
If you cannot locate anyone involved in the accident, leave a note with your contact information and what you saw so that any victims can get in touch with you as soon as possible. Ultimately, your witness statement could be the missing puzzle piece for victims as they attempt to seek compensation for the damages they’ve sustained.
For more guidance and advice on what you should do after a hit-and-run accident, contact a skilled Florida personal injury attorney with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.