Hit and Run Accidents Increase by 23 Percent in 2014
Any type of accident is tragic, but hit and run accidents can be especially fatal. Without knowing who has caused your injuries or losses, you could feel as though you are out of options for recovery.
According to Florida law enforcement, hit and run crashes in Florida have increased by 23 percent in 2014. There were a total of 80,000 hit and run crashes in 2014 and the fatal hit and runs are on the rise.
Even after Gov. Rick Scott signed a law that increases penalties for leaving the scene of a crash, drivers continue to take off after an accident occurs.
What to Do if You’re a Victim of a Hit and Run
While the person responsible for leaving the scene could lose his or her license and even face several years in prison, it won’t help you right then if you are the victim of a hit and run. But, just because there is no one to blame doesn’t mean you have no hope.
Call the Police Right Away – Even if the person left the scene, call the police. You don’t have to be injured or in a serious accident to report a hit and run. By calling the police, you can get an official report filed, and increase the likelihood the person will be caught.
Write Everything Down Right Away – While you are waiting for the police to arrive, write down what you can remember, including the license plate (even a partial plate), the color and make of the vehicle, details about the driver (if you saw him or her), and what happened or caused the crash.
- Keep Records – Keep a record of your injuries, costs, and any claims filed with your insurance company. If the individual is caught, then you will have a better chance for recovering damages from him or her with your records.
If the other driver is not caught, then your own insurance policy will have to pay. This falls under your uninsured motorist coverage; however in the state of Florida, your no-fault insurance will pay the bill.
Injured by a Hit and Run? Call an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Consult to Daytona Beach Car Accident Injury Attorney at The Law Offices of Robert W. Elton can help you with your hit and run case. Whether you need assistance negotiating with your insurance company or bringing your civil case against the responsible party, we will make sure your costs are covered and you are fully compensated for your pain and suffering. Call us now for a free consultation.
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