If you’re struck by a motor vehicle while walking or riding a skateboard or scooter in Florida, and the driver does not stop, you’re the victim of a hit-and-run accident, which is a crime. Even if the driver is caught by police and convicted, you might be left with serious injuries, mounting medical bills, lost time at work, and other damages. There are steps you should take after the accident to give yourself the best chance of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Move to a Safe Place and Call 911 to Report the Accident
This gives police the best chance of finding the at-fault driver, so you’ll know who’s responsible for your damages. While waiting for help to arrive, take photos of the accident scene, yourself, and any property that is damaged. If you’re not able to take photos, ask someone nearby to do so for you.
Get Contact Information From Witnesses
The testimony of anyone who saw the accident will be valuable to your claim. Talk only to witnesses and the police. Don’t admit any fault in the accident and don’t sign anything other than documents the police might require. Don’t make any agreements with insurance adjusters.
Seek Medical Treatment Immediately
If the police or EMTs do not transport you to an emergency room, you should see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident to document your injuries. Remember that some injuries can be “invisible.” Even though you don’t feel any pain right away, you might still have internal injuries. Record your medical expenses, time lost from work, and pain or discomfort every day after the accident.
Don’t Wait to Consult an Attorney
The statute of limitations in Florida generally gives you four years from the date of your accident to file a claim, but the sooner you begin the process, the better your chances of getting the award you deserve. Even if the at-fault driver is not found, there may be other remedies you can seek. Timely reporting, prompt medical attention, and the services of an experienced hit-and-run accident attorney will help you to get justice.
Have You Been Injured in a Florida Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident?
If so, the first step toward getting compensation for your losses is to consult an experienced Florida pedestrian accident lawyer. Please take a moment to contact us online, start a chat, or call our Coral Springs office directly to schedule your free consultation. We take cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no attorney fees until we win your case.