Orlando Hit & Run Lawyer
If you’re involved in a car accident and the other driver leaves the scene, it’s commonly referred to as a “hit-and-run” accident. This much, you probably know, but what should you do if you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident? Will your own insurance company give you meaningful compensation for your injuries and losses, or are you simply out of luck? Rest assured, you do have options if you were injured in a hit-and-run accident. The Orlando hit & run lawyers at Israoui Law have successfully handled many accident claims, and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Should I Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident?
After being involved in a hit-and-run accident, first call 911 and then write down any details you remember about the vehicle that hit you, such as color, make and/or model, and license plate number, even if you only caught a few letters or numbers. Next, look for any witnesses to the accident and ask them for their contact information. If possible, take some photos of the scene of the accident as well as the damage to your vehicle and injuries to your person. Even if you called 911 immediately after the accident, report the hit-and-run to the police within 24 hours. If you don’t report the accident as soon as possible after it occurred, it can have an impact on the recovery available to you (see below), and the accident may not be considered a compensable loss by your insurer.
How Can I Get Compensation If I Was Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident?
Like with drunk driving accidents, if you are injured in a hit-and-run accident, you are the victim of a crime under Florida law, and you may be eligible for crime victim compensation. Benefits available include wage loss, disability (if you suffered a permanent impairment), and medical treatment costs. A significant amount of documentation is necessary to successfully procure victim compensation for a hit-and-run accident—records such as a law enforcement report, documentation charging an individual with a crime, proof of crime-related expenses, and documentation from your employer and/or treating physician. An experienced hit-and-run accident attorney can help you gather the information necessary to file a successful victim compensation claim. You may also be entitled to compensation through your own insurance company.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me after a Hit-and-Run-Accident?
After sustaining injuries in a hit-and-run accident, it may seem like your only option is to file a claim with your own insurance company through your uninsured motorist coverage, and you’re basically at its mercy to receive any compensation for your losses. But with the help of an experienced hit-and-run accident attorney, you may discover other ways to recover the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, time missed from work, and other damages arising from the accident. Call Israoui Law in Orlando, schedule a free consultation, and we’ll analyze your case to see what compensation may be available to you.