Hit-and-run accidents are especially frightening. According to Florida Highway Patrol, the number of hit-and run-accidents is steadily increasing in Florida. In the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s article, in addition to first-hand accounts of how hit-and-run accidents affected the lives of the victims involved, Florida Highway Patrol gives some key advice on how to handle the situation. Florida Highway Patrol Major John Bauman sends out a plea to witnesses of any vehicle collision: “The most important thing a driver can do if they are involved in a crash is remain at the scene and call for help. Remaining at the scene will not only spare drivers significant legal penalties, but it may save a life.”
Part of the problem with a hit-and-run accident is the victim must rely solely on their own automobile insurance. While the bodily injury insurance of the at-fault driver usually covers the victims of accidents, Underinsured Motorist or Uninsured Motorist Insurance is designed to alleviate some of the costs associated with the accident, when the at-fault driver has minimal or no insurance. In the case of a hit-and-run accident, when no information is available for the at-fault driver, Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist insurance can be an indispensable asset when trying to cover costs associated with injuries or property damage resulting from the crash.
Any kind of motor vehicle collision can be a devastating blow to the victim’s life, especially if injuries are involved. It can be a confusing and overwhelming experience for the victims involved. Whether the accident you’ve been involved in is a hit-and-run, or a crash where the at-fault driver remained at the scene, let the seasoned attorneys at Lancaster and Eure fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or feel free to contact us online.