Hit and runs account for about one fourth of accidents in Florida according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The best way to handle a hit and run is to be proactive. First, you should have Uninsured Motorist Coverage if a car hits you and runs away. Uninsured Motorist Coverage will consider the driver that hits you and runs as uninsured.
Next, if you have a dash camera, you can get pictures of the vehicle during the hit and run. If the driver hits you and runs away, you can sue them for punitive damages. Once you are hit, you must call 911 and file a police report. Do not leave the scene of the accident, but make sure your vehicle is in a safe place. It is also important that you do not chase the Defendant and place yourself in further danger. Take pictures of the vehicles, scene, witnesses. Many times witnesses leave the scene before the police arrive, so get their information immediately. Make sure to seek medical care if you are injured.
Finally, make sure to call an attorney you can trust, Templer & Hirsch has over 30 years of experience, and you can count on us. We've been handling hit and run accidents for over 30 years in Aventura and Miami, Florida.