Dealing with Uninsured Drivers
Approximately 200,000 motor vehicle accidents occur in Florida ever year. Unfortunately, many of these collisions are hit-and-run accidents.
Anytime a motorist hits another car and then flees the scene without identifying themselves it is considered to be a hit-and-run accident. Florida law requires the at-fault driver to stop immediately after a crash and remain at the scene to exchange information with the other party. In addition, the at-fault driver must render reasonable assistance to any injured individuals. Leaving the scene of an accident that involves injuries or fatalities is considered a felony and can result in jail time.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 11 percent of all auto accidents are hit-and-runs. While these accidents can be difficult for lawyers to handle, accident victims should not be discouraged. Florida accident victims may be able to recover damages, if they have uninsured motorist coverage.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact the injury attorneys at Gordon & Doner to explore your options.
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What to Do if You Are in a Hit-and-Run Crash
Hit-and-run crashes can leave accidents feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Accident victims should follow the steps below after a hit-and-run:
- Remain calm.
- Call law enforcement.
- Do not proceed to chase the hit-and-run driver.
- Record any information that you can remember about the driver and car including, the make and model of the car, the license plate number and a description of the driver. By giving specific details, it will help law enforcement try to locate the driver.
- Sketch the scene, showing vehicle crash locations.
- Render assistance to any injured parties.
- Contact an experienced car accident lawyer.
Sometimes law enforcement is able to locate the hit-and-run driver and charge them with leaving the accident. In these situations, a lawyer may be able to help you recover damages for your losses from the negligent motorist. Even if the police cannot locate the negligent party, it is still important to follow these steps. These steps will help your attorney build the strongest case possible for your insurance claim.
Causes of Hit-and-Run Crashes
Usually, when a hit-and-run motorist leaves the accident scene they will do whatever it takes to avoid taking responsibility for the crash. There a number of reasons why a driver might flee an accident scene. One of these reasons is that the driver might have hit a pedestrian. Three out of five fatalities in 2012 were pedestrians struck in hit-and-run crashes, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Listed below are some other common reasons why a driver might leave an accident scene:
- The driver hit a bicyclist.
- The driver doesn’t carry auto insurance.
- The motorist is an illegal alien.
- The driver is in trouble with the law.
- The motorist does not have a driver’s license.
- The motorist was drunk at the time of the crash.
Of course, there may be additional reasons individuals decide to flee the scene of an accident, however these are the most common causes for hit-and-run accidents.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Hit-and-Run Lawyers
In 2012, there were more than 69,000 hit-and-run accidents in Florida. South Florida saw a large number of these accidents. Broward County had 7,587 hit-and-run accidents in 2012. While there were 3,381 hit-and-run accidents in Palm Beach County.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, contact Gordon & Doner today. At our law firm our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and resources to handle hit-and-run accidents.
Some additional locations we serve include:
- North Palm Beach
- Lake Park
- Delray Beach
- Royal Palm Beach
- Boca Raton
For more information regarding our hit-and-run lawyers, we invite you to contact our firm at 1 (855) 722-2552, where a member of our intake staff will gather information about your case and quickly connect you with an auto accident attorney ready to take your specific case.
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