Hit & Run Accident Lawyers in Orlando
Protecting Florida Clients After Car Accidents
Car accidents are challenging enough to navigate on their own, but things can get even more complex when the at-fault driver responsible for your accident and injuries drives off without providing their information or making sure you’re okay. It’s natural to feel concerned about your health and future after a hit and run, but NeJame Law is available to handle your injury claim and collect the compensation you’re entitled to, even when the driver can’t be found. Our Orlando hit and run accident attorneys are known throughout Florida for our legal success and commitment to fighting for our clients.
What Is a Hit & Run?
A hit and run occurs when one or more drivers involved in an auto accident
flee the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is a criminal traffic
violation and under Florida law, individuals are required to provide their
information to the other party after an accident, including name, address,
car registration, and driver’s license. Involved parties are also
required to stop if there is any property damage, and drivers have an
additional responsibility to seek medical attention if someone else was
injured in the accident.
Some of the penalties a driver can face if they’re caught in a hit and run include probation, driver’s license suspension, and heavy fines, depending on whether the offense is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Leaving the scene of an accident when property damage occurred typically results in a misdemeanor, while fleeing after injuries or deaths occurred is a felony.
There are a variety of reasons why the driver who injured you may have fled the scene of the accident. Some possible reasons include:
- The driver is wanted for some other crime or has a criminal record
- The driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and doesn’t want to be charged with a DUI
- The driver isn’t permitted to drive, whether they lack a license or had their license suspended/revoked
- The driver is driving a vehicle without permission, or it’s stolen
- The driver is transporting illegal drugs or goods
What to Do After a Hit & Run Accident
You may be in a daze in the aftermath of your car accident, but it’s crucial that you follow certain steps if you wish to get the help you need and increase your chances of finding the driver and/or obtaining compensation. Here are a few tips to help you navigate this difficult time or to save for a rainy day if you ever find yourself involved in a hit and run motor vehicle accident.
Naturally, it’s going to be hard to gather information about the fleeing vehicle and driver after an accident; however, in light of the circumstances, try your best to take note of the following:
- License plate number of the vehicle
- Make, model, and color of the vehicle
- Damage to the vehicle
- Description of the driver
- Description and number of any passengers in the vehicle
- Direction in which the vehicle was traveling
It’s important that you don’t pursue the fleeing driver, as it’s both illegal and unsafe to flee the scene of an accident that you were involved in. If you can do so safely, pull over. If you, your passengers, or anyone involved is injured, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately.
Once law enforcement arrives at the scene, share all the information with the responding officer in order to help locate the vehicle, the vehicle owner, or the driver. Provide as much of the above information as possible to help law enforcement investigate and locate the at-fault party. Politely ask for a copy of the crash report. Using the contact information on the crash report, follow up with the investigating law enforcement agency and ask if the at-fault party has been located.
Why Call Us?
After a hit and run, you may be concerned that you have no way of covering
your damages without the driver’s insurance information. Fortunately,
Florida requires all drivers to have personal injury protection coverage.
If you have coverage, your insurance company may be able to cover up to
80 percent of your medical expenses and 60 percent of your lost wages.
Our lawyers can help you access your current insurance policy to determine how much coverage you may be able to obtain—you may have additional coverage under uninsured motorist protection coverage, for example.
If the at-fault driver can’t be found, you can still recover compensation for your bills, property damages, and lost income, and surviving family members can get compensated for funeral expenses and more through a wrongful death claim. Our team has ample experience handling car accident claims, including those involving hit and run accidents.
Call (407) 500-0000 to speak with one of our experienced Orlando hit and run accident lawyers if you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident. We’re happy to follow up directly with the investigating agency on your behalf and use our resources to further investigate your case.