Unfortunately, hit and run accidents continue to plague Florida communities, even though leaving the scene of an accident is illegal in the state. At Flaxman Law Group, we have worked with many people who have been injured as a result of a hit and run. Often, not only are they facing serious injuries, such as head injuries, fractures, and more, but without the contact information and insurance information of the at-fault driver, they sometimes struggle to get fair compensation for their losses.
The Devastating Impact of Florida’s Hit and Run Accidents
Hit and run accidents occur when a driver involved in a collision flees the scene without stopping to provide assistance or exchange information. These incidents can result in severe injuries, permanent disabilities, and even loss of life.
Since the at-fault driver doesn’t stop to offer assistance, the victim might not get help in a timely way if they can’t call for help themselves. Some Florida residents have passed away because a driver didn’t stop to help.
Beyond the physical consequences, hit and run victims often face emotional trauma, financial burdens, and a sense of injustice that lingers long after the accident. In addition, it can be challenging for them to prove what happened. Many struggle to get compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
In every state, including Florida, it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident without fulfilling specific legal obligations. Penalties for hit and run offenses can range from fines and license suspension to imprisonment, depending on the severity of the incident and any resulting injuries or fatalities.
Seeking Justice After a Florida Hit and Run
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hit and run accident, take immediate action to protect your rights and seek justice:
- Report the accident. Contact law enforcement as soon as possible to report the hit and run incident. Provide them with any information you have that can aid in identifying the responsible party.
- Seek medical attention. Even if your injuries seem minor, medical evaluation and treatment. Some injuries may not be apparent immediately, and a medical professional can document your condition and provide necessary care. Medical records will also be valuable evidence if you decide on legal action.
- Gather evidence. If you can, collect any information or evidence at the accident scene, including photographs, witness statements, or surveillance footage. This evidence can help your attorney strengthen your case.
- Consult with an experienced attorney. Contact a reputable Florida personal injury lawyer who has experience with hit and run accidents. They will guide you through the legal process, help you navigate insurance claims, and pursue all available avenues to seek compensation.
Hit and run accidents are completely preventable. If one happens to you, you deserve compassionate and tough legal support, so call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 to speak to a live person 24/7 who can schedule a free, no obligation consultation with an attorney. Or contact us online or email attorney Charles Flaxman at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a free consultation.