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What constitutes a hit-and-run car accident?

When vehicles collide on Florida roads, it is customary for the drivers of the involved automobiles to speak after their accident. During their interaction, they often exchange important information, such as their names, addresses and phone numbers. They may also exchange information related to their vehicle insurers, as well as the name of any passengers who were present in their vehicles. When serious accidents occur these formalities are skipped as injured victims are rushed to hospitals for treatment and care.

However, when an accident happens and a victim does not have the opportunity to even see the driver of the other car, that accident may be classified as a hit-and-run. A hit-and-run car accident happens when a driver is involved in a crash and elects to not stop to help others or to exchange information with other parties. In Florida, criminal charges may be filed against drivers who cause hit-and-run accidents.

A car accident victim, though, may not know what to do if they are hurt by a driver whose identity they cannot locate. Hit-and-run victims can encounter many problems pursuing their claims if they have no one against which to allege negligence or recklessness.

It is important for hit-and-run car accident victims to seek out as much information as they can about the party or parties who caused their harm and doing so can be easier with the assistance of an attorney who recognizes the unique complications that hit-and-run accidents present. Those who have been hurt by hit-and-run drivers still have rights to pursue their losses from the parties whose actions caused their pain and suffering.

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