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Under Florida law, all drivers are required to stop at the scene when they are involved in an accident. Unfortunately, despite the criminal penalties for “leaving the scene of an accident,” hit and run accidents are common, and accident victims are often left wondering how they will recover their repair bills, medical expenses and other losses.
If you were involved in a hit and run, an experienced car accident lawyer can review the options available to you for recovering financial compensation. It may be possible to identify the driver who hit you, you may be able to collect payment under your own (or a family member’s) insurance policy, or a third party may be liable for your accident-related losses.
Even if the driver who hit you fled the scene of the accident, it still may be possible to identify him or her through various different means. If you can identify the driver, then you can pursue a claim against his or her insurance company just as you would after an ordinary accident.
If you are able to recollect any information about the vehicle that hit you – make, model, color or license plate – this could help in identifying the driver who is liable for your injuries. If not, that’s okay. Our legal team can seek to obtain witness statements, camera footage, police reports and any other available information that we can use to pursue a claim for compensation.
If it is not possible to identify the hit and run driver, then you may be able to collect compensation under your own auto insurance policy. For insurance purposes, hit and run accident cases are treated similarly to uninsured motorist claims. This means that you may be entitled to payment under your:
Under Florida law, auto insurance companies are legally required to offer “stacking” of certain types of coverage. This means that, if you have UM coverage for multiple vehicles and your policy includes stacking, you may be able to combine the policy limits for each of your vehicles in order to enhance the coverage for your hit and run accident claim.
A third option for seeking financial compensation after a hit and run accident is to pursue a claim against a third party that was partially responsible for your accident. Common third-party claims in hit and run accident cases include:
At Searcy Denney, we offer free initial consultations, and we do not charge any fees or costs unless we help you recover just compensation. If you were injured in a hit and run accident in Florida, we encourage you to get in touch. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys, please call (800) 780-8607 or request a consultation online today.