Florida Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers
Leaving the scene of an accident in Florida is a serious crime. Even in an ideal situation, a car accident can turn your world inside out. But when both drivers do not remain at the scene of an accident, your life can quickly become a waking nightmare. Between recovering from your injuries, dealing with insurance, and trying to resume your life, a hit and run accident can feel like too much to bear. Drivers that do not take responsibility for their actions should be punished.
If you have been seriously injured in a hit and run — or have lost a cherished member — give the attorneys at Farah & Farah a call today. There are severe penalties for committing a hit and run. Additionally, you may be eligible for compensation in a civil suit!
A Florida car accident attorney can help you right these wrongs. Contact the hit and run professionals at Farah and Farah today for your free case review.
How Many Hit and Runs Happen A Year in Florida?
Across Florida, there has been an uptick in hit and runs in recent years. Here are some relevant statistics to paint a vivid picture of how dangerous hit and runs are:
- Florida experiences 11 percent of the nation’s pedestrian accidents each year.
- Across the US over 60% of hit and run fatalities are pedestrians or bicyclists
- One out of five pedestrian deaths involve hit and run accident
- In 2012 there were 67,968 hit and run accidents in Florida.
- South Florida accounts for 1/3 of hit and run accidents in the Sunshine State
What Happens After a Hit And Run Accident?
All accidents are traumatizing experiences that have severe repercussions. As horrible as accidents are, they can feel much worse when someone damages your or your vehicle and forgos accountability.
The immediate aftermath of a hit and run are crucial moments. Here are some guidelines about what you should do after a hit and run:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Call 911, or scream for help. Injured bicyclists or pedestrians may need to remain still while others help them. Do not move until a first responder treats your wounds.
- If you are in a vehicle and are able to drive, move out of the flow of traffic.
- Write down anything you can remember about the car, the driver, the make, or the license plate. These details can get lost quickly after an accident.
- Ask any witnesses if they saw or remember anything. Make sure you get their contact information.
- Use a cellphone to take pictures of the accident scene.
- Cooperate with the police and help them with their report.
- Visit a doctor as soon as possible to document your injuries.
You may be thinking: “What good will a hit and run settlement do now? It won’t change what happened.” While there is no turning back time, a personal injury lawsuit recovery can go a long way in alleviating the immediate burdens you may be facing. Obtaining hit and run compensation from the at-fault party can assist with a number of complications, such as:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor’s fees
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Long term therapy, both physical and mental
But you must act quickly after a car accident. The clock starts ticking on your claim the moments directly after your crash. Evidence begins to fade almost immediately, witness memories grow foggy, and official reports get filed away – to say nothing of the statute of limitations counting down or actually catching the coward who struck you in the first place. Don’t lose your opportunity for just and fair compensation.
What if the Police Can’t Find the Driver?
Unfortunately, this is a sad fact of many hit and run cases; sometimes the criminals simply get away with it. But it is most certainly not the end of the line for you or your family. You may face an uphill battle, but you have options that we can assist.
The first avenue that should be explored is your own insurance policy. Florida personal injury protection (PIP) coverage or medical payments (MedPay) coverage may cover your medical bills and hospital expenses in the case of a hit and run. Also, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage may kick in to cover medical bills and other losses related to the collision. This coverage can help while the search continues for the guilty party.
Generally speaking, insurance Florida drivers will cover 60% of your lost wages and 4/5ths of medical bills up to $10,000. If your medical bills are over $10,000, you may be able to make up the remaining difference with a bodily injury claim.
Even if the police can’t find the perpetrator, hiring a qualified hit and run car accident lawyer can help you find the best path forward.
Contact a Florida Hit-and-Run Car Accident Attorney at Farah & Farah
At Farah & Farah, we understand how devastating a personal injury or wrongful death caused by a negligent driver can be, especially if the at-fault party is still at large. We have had decades of experience helping victims in similar situations, and we are prepared to use every resource at our disposal.
The experienced legal team at Farah & Farah’s can help you evaluate your hit and run claim and pursue legal action. You may be entitled to financial coverage through your insurance company. Do not hesitate to contact Farah & Farah to discuss your options and to secure your rightful compensation. For a no-cost consultation, call 888-594-0956 or schedule your free case review now.