Hit and Run
Unfortunately, when a car crash occurs, not all drivers stop and wait for the police and rescue personnel to arrive. We refer to these cases as a hit and run. Some of the reasons why drivers take off include: the vehicle was stolen, the driver does not have a license or insurance, or the driver does not want to take responsibility for causing the accident.
Florida law requires the driver who is involved in a car crash in which there is an injury or death to any person to stop at or near the scene. Every driver involved in the car accident must provide their name, address, vehicle registration and driver’s license. In addition, drivers are required to assist any injured persons with obtaining transportation to a medical facility. It is a felony to leave the scene. Any person who does not, may be subject to prosecution for a felony. Florida Statutes 316.027 and 316.062.
For people who are injured in a hit and run accident, one of the major concerns is who will pay for your injuries. If the police are unable to locate the driver, we will conduct an investigation and speak with any witnesses and local businesses that may have video cameras. However, if the driver is not found, you are entitled to receive compensation; through your insurance company if you selected Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage. Commonly referred to as UM coverage, it provides benefits for your medical expenses, lost time at work, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you are the victim of a hit and run, call us for a free case evaluation. (904) 642-4111