Hit & Run Accidents
Daytona Beach Car Accident Attorneys
Florida law requires all drivers to purchase and maintain ONLY personal injury protection (PIP) and property damage liability (PDL) insurance. In the event of an accident, an individual’s own insurance company will provide coverage up to the policy’s cap. This might not be the case, however, if you are struck and injured in a hit and run accident.
If you need to pursue compensation after a hit and run accident, retaining the legal counsel of a professional lawyer may be the decision that leads to your claim’s success. Dial (386) 333-6613 to reach Politis & Matovina, P.A. and our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers. We are held up by a strong reputation among our community and backed by more than $200 million recovered for our clients through verdicts and settlements.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage May Be Necessary
You are considered to be in a hit and run accident if any driver involved leaves the scene before exchanging adequate identifying or insurance information. Due to the fact that one person’s insurance information is missing, insurance companies see this individual as an uninsured motorist (UM). Unless you have purchased UM coverage as part of your insurance policy, you might not be entitled for an automatic recovery through your own insurance company.
If your insurance does cover you in a hit and run accident, money should be given to pay for:
- Emergency medical attention
- Initial hospitalization costs
- Ongoing treatments
The minimum for PIP coverage in Florida is currently set at $10,000. Once your medical costs and bills exceed your coverage cap, additional payments will need to come from your own savings since the other driver was never identified.
After a Hit & Run Accident
When you find that you have been struck by a hit and run driver, you need to start taking immediate steps to identify them in any way you can. Begin by notifying the police at once, as leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging full identifying information is a crime.
When you are speaking to the police, try to tell them:
- Direction the driver was heading when you were struck.
- Direction the driver fled the scene.
- Make, model, year, and color of vehicle.
- Part of the vehicle that impacted your own.
Do not forget to see if bystanders can help you with more information. With any luck, the police will later locate and identify the hit and run driver, allowing you to file a claim directly against them, if necessary.
You Rest While We Handle the Rest
Politis & Matovina, P.A. and our car accident attorneys in Daytona Beach are here to lend a helping hand when you do not know what to do after being struck in a hit and run accident. We know that you only want to get better, and that is what we would like you to focus on as well. Let us manage each step of the legal process and work towards your full recovery, whether we need to negotiate with your own insurer for more coverage, or take the fight to the driver if later identified.
Want a free evaluation of your case? Just contact us now to begin.