A wrong way hit-and-run collision recently killed social media star Ali Spice and two others riding with her. The accident happened just after 2 a.m. on State Road 44. A Toyota Tacoma, driving the wrong way, hit the Infiniti and killed three passengers. After the accident, the Tacoma driver fled on foot, abandoning another passenger in their vehicle.
It’s estimated that nearly 25 percent of all Florida accidents are hit-and-run accidents. Not only is this a crime, punishable by up to 30 years in prison when a fatality is involved, it can also make it hard to file a personal injury claim. Here’s what to do if you’re injured in a hit-and-run accident:
- Call the police and emergency medical services: First, call the police so you can file a report. If anyone requires immediate medical care, call 911.
- Check yourself for injuries: Next, check your entire body for injuries. It’s still important to seek medical attention after an accident, even if you feel fine. Some injuries take hours or days to manifest.
- Look for eyewitnesses: If anyone witnessed the accident, ask for their contact information. Your attorney and law enforcement may be able to use their testimony to track down the driver.
- Take photos: If you’re physically able, take photos of the scene, your vehicle, the damage and your injuries. Try to get multiple angles, including the weather conditions, obstacles and traffic signals or signs.
- Call an accident attorney: Once your medical condition is stable and you’ve spoken to law enforcement, call a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can review your claim, explain your legal options and determine how likely you will be to recover compensation for your injuries.
Although hit-and-run drivers may be harder to track down, it’s still wise to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Call a knowledgeable Sarasota, FL auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh today.