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Know Your Legal Options When You Are a Victim of a Hit & Run

Being involved in a hit and run accident can be a scary and frustrating experience that can forever change your life. When someone collides with you and then flees, you might find yourself unsure what you can do. This is even more troubling if you’ve been injured in the accident.

When a collision like this happens, it is possible to get the compensation owed to you, but you will need to do what you can to help out any Tampa car accident attorney you work with. The first step is, if it is safe for you to do so, is to try and get the other vehicle’s license plate number. Either write it down or, if you have a camera on your phone, try to take a photograph of it. Also write down every detail you can about the circumstances of the hit and run so you do not forget any details.

Next, reach out to the police or, if there are injuries, the 911 operator. Speak to any eyewitnesses you can and obtain their contact information so that their statements can be used for testimony later. Report the accident to your auto insurance company, but do not make any formal statements until you have an opportunity to talk to your attorney.

Your attorney will help handle things with your insurance company if the hit-and-run perpetrator is not found so that any associated bills are covered. If the perpetrator is found, then your attorney will work to ensure that they are held accountable for their actions.