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Can I Receive Compensation for a Hit and Run?

Car accident victims have multiple options for pursuing compensation after a hit and run accident.

Summary

  • Even if the driver who caused a hit-and-run accident flees the scene, you may still be eligible for compensation in Florida through PIP, UM/UIM coverage, or the Florida Crimes Compensation Trust Fund.
  • To increase your chances of receiving fair compensation after a hit-and-run, report the accident to the police, gather evidence, seek medical attention, and file a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Consulting with a personal injury attorney can be beneficial after a hit-and-run accident. They can help navigate complexities, gather evidence, deal with insurance companies, and maximize your compensation.
  • Deadlines exist for filing claims with both your insurance company and the Florida Crimes Compensation Trust Fund, so understanding these deadlines is crucial.

The aftermath of a hit-and-run accident can be incredibly stressful. Not only are you dealing with the physical and emotional trauma of a collision, but you’re also forced to deal with the uncertainty of how to move forward without information about the at-fault driver. The good news is that, even without identifying the driver, hit and run compensation may still be available to help cover your expenses.

The car accident attorneys at Werner, Hoffman, Greig & Garcia have years of experience handling hit and run cases. We know how to get results for our clients, even in difficult cases. Call us at (800) 320-HELP or contact us online to get started.

What is a Hit and Run?

In Florida, a hit and run occurs when a driver causes an accident and leaves the scene without stopping to exchange information or render aid. This applies to collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, parked cars, and even property damage like mailboxes or fences. It’s important to remember that leaving the scene of an accident, even if only property damage is involved, is a crime.

Compensation for Victims of Hit and Run Accidents

While the driver may be missing, don’t give up hope. There are still resources available to help you recover from a hit-and-run accident. Some options to explore include:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage: Florida mandates PIP coverage as part of your auto insurance policy. This coverage helps pay for medical expenses regardless of who caused the accident. It is especially helpful when the other driver cannot be found.
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage: This optional insurance comes into play when the at-fault driver has no insurance (uninsured) or not enough insurance (underinsured) to cover your damages, and may be a factor in hit and run cases.
  • Florida Crimes Compensation Trust Fund: This state program can provide financial assistance to victims of crimes, including hit-and-run accidents, where the perpetrator is not identified. This is a “fund of last resort,” meaning that victims can access this fund if they are unable to receive compensation another way.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have other options for seeking hit and run compensation. Consult with an experienced auto accident attorney to discuss what paths are available to you.

Increasing Your Chances of Fair Compensation for a Hit and Run Claim

The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be disorienting, but it’s a crucial time to ensure a good long-term outcome. Taking certain steps after a car accident, including a hit and run, can significantly impact your chances of receiving fair compensation:

  • Report the accident to the police as soon as possible. A police report will document the accident details and serve as crucial evidence.
  • Gather as much evidence as possible. This could include witness statements, any description you can recall of the vehicle that fled, security camera footage from nearby buildings or businesses, and photos of the damage to your car or property.
  • Seek medical attention for injuries and document all medical bills. This creates a clear link between your injuries and the accident.
  • Contact your insurance company and file a claim. Even if you don’t have information about the other driver, filing a car accident claim with your insurance company initiates the process.

Learn How a WHG Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help You Secure Hit and Run Compensation

Consulting with an experienced car accident attorney after a hit and run can significantly increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. Here are some ways a lawyer can assist you:

  • Maximize Compensation: A car accident lawyer can explore all possible avenues of hit and run compensation. This includes PIP, UM/UIM, and the Florida Crimes Compensation Trust Fund. They can also negotiate with your insurance company to ensure you receive a fair settlement that covers all your accident-related expenses.
  • Handle Complexities: Hit-and-run cases often involve missing driver information, unclear fault, and maximizing UM/UIM coverage. A lawyer can handle the legal aspects and paperwork. Meanwhile, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
  • Gather Evidence: Attorneys are skilled at gathering evidence that strengthens your case. This might involve obtaining witness statements, security camera footage, police reports, and medical records.
  • Deal with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies may try to deny or minimize your claim. A hit and run accident lawyer can advocate for you and ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
  • Meet Deadlines: There are strict time limits for filing claims. A car accident lawyer can ensure you meet these deadlines to preserve your right to compensation.
  • Calculate Long-Term Effects: Serious injuries from a hit-and-run can have long-term consequences. A hit and run accident lawyer can help calculate the full scope of your car accident damages, including future medical care and lost wages.

At Werner, Hoffman, Greig, & Garcia, our team of car accident lawyers has years of experience and a proven track record of winning hit and run compensation for our clients. Our empathetic approach gives you the support you need in a difficult time, while we fight to defend your rights.

Give us a call at (800) 320-HELP or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to file a police report if the driver fled?

Absolutely. A police report is a crucial piece of evidence for your insurance claim and strengthens your case if you decide to pursue compensation. The report documents the accident details, your injuries (if any), and the fact that the other driver left the scene.

My car insurance policy doesn’t have uninsured motorist coverage. Can I still receive hit and run compensation?

Explore all avenues of compensation. You should still be eligible for benefits under your PIP coverage regardless of fault. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, you might be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver if they are later identified. Consulting with an attorney can help you understand your options for hit and run compensation.

How long do I have to file a claim after a hit-and-run accident?

Deadlines vary depending on the type of claim. In Florida, there are strict time limits for filing claims with both your insurance company (usually two years from the date of the accident) and the Florida Crimes Compensation Trust Fund (usually one year). It’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to understand the specific deadlines that apply to your situation.

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About the Author

Adam Werner is a partner and practicing attorney at WHG. He specializes in personal injury cases, workers’ compensation claims, and veteran disability benefits. He routinely writes about personal injury and workers comp topics for the Werner, Hoffman, Greig & Garcia blog

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