Hit And Run Accidents
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Our Miami, Fl. hit and run accident attorneys know that hit and run accidents are some of the most devastating types of car accidents occurring on the roads today. Not only do victims suffer the physical injuries resulting from a collision, they suffer additional trauma from knowing that another driver could flee the scene and leave them to suffer or even die on the side of the road. In addition, the anxiety of not knowing who to hold responsible for injuries, lost wages, medical bills, vehicle damage and even compensation for the death of a loved one, can be overwhelming. In many cases, even if the hit and run driver is located, many of these drivers are uninsured, literally adding insult to injury for accident victims.
Duty to Stop, Report Information and Render Aid
Florida law imposes a duty to stop at the scene of an accident and exchange information with the other driver. If a party appears to be injured, the law imposes an additional duty to render reasonable aid and call for emergency help if necessary. When a driver leaves the scene without stopping and providing information, and the accident resulted in personal injury or death to another person, the driver has committed a third degree felony, punishable by significant jail time and fines.
Because many hit and run drivers flee the scene for fear of being caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, criminal proceedings often accompany a civil law suit. The injuries suffered by victims of these accidents are often severe, life-altering and even fatal.
However, even hit and run victims may be able to seek compensation for injuries, pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. Accident victims with uninsured motorist coverage may be able to make a claim under their own insurance policy. If the hit and run driver was driving a work vehicle at the time of the accident or was on a work errand, an accident victim may seek compensation for injuries by filing a law suit against the employer or owner of the vehicle. Victims of a Florida hit and run accident who have suffered personal injuries or family members of those killed in a hit and run accident may also be able to bring criminal charges against the driver, if the person can be located by police.
Because hit and run accidents are often more complex than other types of car accidents, it is important to hire a Miami, Fl. auto accident attorney who is well-versed in litigating these types of cases. The Miami car accident attorneys at Hannon Legal Group have many years of experience obtaining substantial compensation for hit and run accident victims throughout the state of Florida. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run, email one of the Miami, Florida automobile accident lawyer at Hannon Legal Group today for a free consultation or call (866) 835-6872.