Your Rights After a Hit and Run

By The Perazzo Law Firm

In most car accident cases, it is fairly easy to determine who the responsible parties or parties are. A car accident case may become more complicated when more than one driver is responsible. Moreover, some car accident cases involve contributing factors that may be outside the control of the drivers involved in the accident. Those factors can include defective safety features in one of the vehicles, unsafe road conditions created by negligent construction or maintenance. Sometimes, a driver who causes a car accident may be under the influence of medication that was falsely prescribed by a doctors or incorrectly filled by the pharmacist.

A subcategory of personal injury caused by a vehicle is known as hit-and-run. In these cases a driver, passenger, or even a pedestrian is injured by a negligent driver who leaves the scene. In these cases the difficulty in collecting damages arises from the inability to identify the  driver who caused the injuries and escaped.

If you have been a victim of a car accident, it is important to start gathering information right away or as soon as it is safe to do so. Attempt to record the license plate number of the vehicle that caused the injury. If that vehicle escaped before you could do so, observe your surroundings because there may be a surveillance camera at a nearby intersection or even a surveillance camera at a business or residence that recorded the incident. If there are no cameras, then determine if there were any witnesses and take their information for future reference or even to provide to the responding police office. Following the accident, continue to keep a close record of your treatment and expenses which will be needed to prove your exact damages. It is important to keep records of the accident and subsequent treatment, not only to be able to prove damages, but also because, over time, memories tend to fade and you may be unable to recall important information regarding your case when asked to do so in a deposition or on the stand in a trial.

If all else fails, you may be able to seek recovery of your damages through what is know as UM/UIM (uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist). This statutory provisions are created in order to allow victims to collect damages even if the liable driver flees the scene and remains unidentified. The UM/UIM law allows the victim of a hit-and-run to seek damages from his/her own insurance company. This law also applies if the victim’s damages are in excess of the liable driver’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, many victims of hit-and-run accidents may not be aware they can seek recovery if the liable driver is unknown, which is why it is important to seek advice from a professional with knowledge and experience in personal injury from car accidents.

At The Perazzo Law Firm, we pride ourselves in representing the people of Florida and their families. We will always put our clients’ needs at the forefront of the fight against the insurance industry. Our Florida lawyers have dedicated their entire careers in fighting for your rights. Whether you seek compensation for injuries, fighting for justice for wrongful arrest or looking to repair your home, you can rest assured our lawyers will be there for you.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, we encourage you to call us at 786 LAWS-411 (786-529-7411) to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights.