What To Do If You Are the Victim of a Cape Coral Hit-and-Run Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on October 2, 2013

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyFlorida law requires drivers involved in accidents involving property damage or injuries to immediately stop at the crash scene. Yet hit and run accidents continue to be a problem in Cape Coral and around the country.

Approximately 11 percent of accidents in the United States involve a hit-and-run driver, according the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration also reports that the number of deadly hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians spiked 20 percent between 2000 and 2005.

There are many reasons why a driver may flee the scene of a crash. Intoxication, fear, inexperience and lack of a valid license are some of the most common.

For the victim, a hit-and-run accident can be devastating, particularly if serious injuries are involved. However, it is possible to take control of the situation and obtain compensation for your injuries, even if the at-fault driver is never found.

Below are a few general tips for how to handle the situation:

  • Call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to track down the other driver on your own, as this may place you in further danger.
  • Write down as much information about the other vehicle. Useful information includes the make, model, color, license plate number or any other details about the vehicle that struck you.
  • File an accident report with police. Even if you can only supply limited information about the crash, the report will help facilitate the insurance claim process.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral hit-and-run accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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