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Automobile accidents can be traumatic for everyone involved. However, the situation becomes even more shocking when the at-fault driver decides to flee the scene. Victims of such a horrific crash are left to deal with the aftermath on their own, often with no idea what to do next, what legal options are available to them, or who they can turn to for help. If you were involved in a hit-and-run accident in Florida, contact an experienced hit-and-run accident attorney at the Weber Law Firm.

What Exactly Is a Hit-and-Run Accident? 

Following a motor vehicle accident, the driver must immediately stop the vehicle and wait at the scene until legal authorities arrive to make an official report. If the accident results in an injury, the driver must contact the authorities. If the driver does not stop and instead leaves the accident scene, it is known as a hit-and-run accident.

Sadly, these types of accidents can occur anywhere, resulting in life-changing consequences. For instance, on January 16, 2024, a 16-year-old boy was involved in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Madison Street and Illinois Avenue in Pasco County. The victim was found unresponsive in the middle of the road with his lower body suffering “traumatic injuries.” Although the New Port Richey Police Department arrested an individual for the accident and charged them with failure to stop and remain at the crash involving a serious injury, because the victim’s injuries remain critical, additional charges could still be made. 

Common Injuries Resulting From a Hit-and-Run

Although the injuries that can result from a hit-and-run will depend on the circumstances of the accident, some of the more common injuries that result from these crashes include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Limb loss
  • Neck and back trauma
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Internal bleeding
  • Death

Actions To Take After a Hit-and-Run Accident

After a hit-and-run accident, you should never follow a motorist who drives away. Not only is this not safe, but it can end up hurting your legal claim. Instead, you should stay at the scene and take certain steps that can help keep you safe and protect your legal rights. These steps include the following: 

  • Contact 911 
  • Collect evidence, such as taking photos of the accident scene and getting witness details, as this information can help support your legal claim
  • Obtain medical treatment even if you do not think you suffered significant injuries
  • Contact an experienced hit-and-run accident attorney

However, if your injuries prevent you from taking any of these steps, such as gathering evidence, do not worry. When you retain an experienced hit-and-run accident lawyer, these legal professionals can take on this investigation on your behalf and gather the evidence required to help your case. 

Contact a Skilled Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney Today

If you or a family member suffered injuries in a hit-and-run accident in Florida, and you want to know more about the legal options you have, contact the Weber Law Firm today and let our skilled legal team review your case and help you fight for the compensation you deserve. 

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