Hit and Run Accidents
It is a crime in Florida for a motorist to flee the scene of an accident resulting in injury; however, some drivers flee, perhaps because they have a warrant or are under the influence. If a witness captures the license plate number, the police may be able to track the driver down and bring charges. In those cases, the lawyers at the Baird Law Group attempt to pursue punitive damage claims due to the severity of the charges.
What Can You Do if You Have Been Injured in a Hit and Run Accident?
If you have been injured, as a pedestrian or in a car by a hit and run driver, you do have rights…your own insurance policy. While you may not be able to pursue compensation from the unknown driver (if the driver is never found), you may be able to recover damages from your own insurance policy.
The best way to discover the legal options open to you is to discuss your hit and run accident with a qualified personal injury attorney at the Baird Law Group. We have represented many clients in hit and run accidents, and pride ourselves on explaining your rights in plain English.
Protecting Your Rights After a Hit and Run Accident
If you have been injured as a direct result of a hit and run accident, it is critical that you file a police report to document the incident. Some clients have been injured in a chain reaction hit and run accident caused by a negligent motorist. The same rule holds in that case. Remember to take pictures of the accident scene, including damage to your car, capture the names and addresses of witnesses, and make sure to seek prompt medical attention.
If the driver who hit you cannot be found, we can help you pursue damages through uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage on your existing automobile insurance policy. When you renew your insurance every year, you have the opportunity to buy this coverage, which pays you if you are injured by an uninsured motorist. It might also protect you in case of a motorcycle or pedestrian accident. Dollar for dollar, it is one of the best investments you will ever make.