Hit and Run Accidents
Helping Car Accidents Victims after a Hit and Run in Brandon, Florida
After a car accident, you expect the driver who hit you to stop and exchange information. After all, the law in Florida requires drivers to do so, and leaving the scene of the accident is a serious criminal offense. However, too many drivers risk facing criminal charges and flee the scene after a crash.
The question that most people in this situation have is how do they recover for their losses if they do not know the identity of the driver who hit them? There are options after a hit and run in Florida, and you should speak with a Brandon hit and run lawyer right away.
Reporting Your Accident
After a hit and run, you should still always call 911. Have emergency medical personnel examine your injuries and see if you need transportation in an ambulance. If you do not need emergency transport, you should stay and tell the police everything you remember about what happened. If witnesses stopped, they might be able to offer additional information about the hit and run driver or their car.
Sometimes, the police can track the driver down, though sometimes they cannot. Either way, you should always get medical attention right after the crash. The ER doctor can document your injuries, which can help you get the compensation you deserve. Proceed as you would after any other type of accident and contact an attorney who handles hit and run injury cases as soon as you can.
Florida is a no-fault insurance state, which means that people injured in auto accidents need to file a claim with their own insurance company under their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP insurance should cover your losses no matter who was at fault - or whether you know who the other driver was.
However, PIP policies generally have low limits, and the costs of your injuries can easily exceed your policy. If you do not know the other driver, you cannot then turn to their insurance. Instead, you might be able to file a claim with your uninsured motorist coverage. These policies generally treat hit and run drivers the same as they would uninsured drivers.
The important thing is to have the right legal representation during the insurance process. Even your own insurer can be difficult to deal with and can make lowball offers. Our attorneys can negotiate with the insurance company for the settlement you deserve after a hit and run crash.
Consult with a Brandon Hit and Run Accident Attorney as Soon as Possible
It can be devastating to see someone drive away after they hit your car. If you suffered injuries, you likely have many financial concerns. Always remember that you have options to seek compensation, even after a hit and run. The Brandon car accident lawyers at Carman, Bevington & Finegan, P.A. are ready to help, so please do not wait to contact us online or call 813-654-3444 for your free case evaluation.