Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
Hit and run accidents have, unfortunately, become a common occurrence in Florida. In 2012 alone, there were 67,968 total reported hit and run accidents. 17,000 resulted in injuries and 166 were fatal.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, South Florida accounts for 1/3 of all hit and run accidents in the state in 2012. Miami-Dade saw 12,813 hit and runs, Broward 7,857 and Palm Beach 3,381. There are many reasons why people responsible for causing an accident may leave the scene. They may not have realized they hit something. They may have been intoxicated. They may be afraid of the legal ramifications of their actions, particularly if the accident caused injury or property damage.
Whatever the reason, it is tremendously unfair to the victims, who may feel like they have no options if the other driver is never identified. However, damages can be available to victims of hit and run accidents, even if the other driver is never found.
Florida Hit and Run Law
Any individual involved in an accident resulting in damage to a vehicle or property must stop their vehicle immediately and remain at the scene until they have provided certain identifying information (Fla. Stat. § 316.06).
Anyone who has been involved in a crash that resulted in death or injury must stop their vehicle immediately and remain at the scene until they have provided certain identifying information (Fla. Stat. § 316.027). In addition to the exchange of information, a person is required to give reasonable assistance to anyone who has been injured due to the accident.
Personal identifying information must be provided to anyone else involved an accident that resulted in injury, death or property damage; or to a law enforcement officer (Fla. Stat. § 316.062):
- Vehicle registration number
- Driver’s license information
Types of Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents aren’t limited to collisions between a pedestrian and a car. If a driver hits a car that is parked and unattended, and fails to leave a note with contact information, that driver has committed a hit and run.
If there is a collision between two cars and one leaves, the driver that leaves is guilty of hit and run, regardless of whether he or she caused the accident. Additionally, collisions involving bicycles, motorcycles or any type of vehicle on the road can be a hit and run if one of the parties leaves the scene.
What Are My Options After a Hit and Run?
Even if the other driver is never found, you may be able to collect damages from your own insurance company. You should review your auto insurance policy to see if you purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This provision protects individuals who are involved in an accident with a driver that does not have enough coverage to pay for damages, or if the motorist was uninsured.
UM/UIM coverage will also provide damages in the event of a hit and run. Working with your insurance company, however, can be complicated. Even though you bought your policy and pay your premiums, they still don’t want to have to pay you money. For help in dealing with an insurance company after a hit and run accident.
For more information regarding your rights after an accident regardless of the cause of the car wreck, contact the experienced Personal Injury Lawyers in Florida from Wolf & Pravato – 1-954-633-8270.
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