How safe do you feel each time you get behind the wheel of your vehicle or any other one for that matter?
If you have a little sense of anxiety when driving, imaging how that might get worse if involved in a hit and run.
Yes, such an accident could give you some pause to want to drive anytime soon again.
That said the goal is to overcome such fear as soon as possible.
With that in mind, what must you do when you unfortunately have been a hit and run victim?
Make Sure Your Health is Okay
The first and most important thing to focus on right after a hit and run would of course be your health.
Do not assume that you are fine. It is important to get checked out even if the accident was at slower speeds.
Keep in mind that some injuries will not show up right away. As a result, it is important for you to make sure your health is not an issue going forward. Such injuries could include a concussion, internal bleeding, some broken bones and more.
Either make sure to be treated at the scene if medical personnel arrive or see your doctor or an urgent care soon.
Once your health is okay, the next focus should be on finding the driver responsible. That is for your stress, vehicle damage and even damage to you and possibly others with you.
If you are in the Sunshine State, getting online at the first chance would be a wise thing to do.
Once on the Internet, you can proceed with a Florida license plate search. That is assuming you or someone else at the scene of the accident got the driver’s license plate details.
In doing such a search, you could be that much closer to finding the location of the driver involved.
Now, never take the law into your own hands. Doing such a thing never leads to anything good.
Your goal should be to pass along any relevant info you come up with to the proper authorities. Let them handle it from there. The hope is they get the person sooner than later and hold them accountable.
Financial Fallout from Such an Accident
While your well-being is the top priority, you also need to spend some time on what the possible money fallout is.
Yes, such an event can hit you where it hurts the most, in the wallet or purse.
The hope is you have good auto insurance coverage. You also hopefully have a vehicle that suffered minor damage at worst.
Keep in mind you do not want to settle immediately with any insurer company including your own. It is better to let an investigation unfold. Then see what the potential insurance payout could look like.
Last, you want to try and learn from this unfortunate experience in hopes it will never happen to you again.
While a hit and run could be quite bad for you, it also may be only a blip on the radar and you will move on quick from it.