Injured in a Hit-And-Run Accident?
Our Jacksonville attorneys can help
There is nothing more frustrating than being involved in a car accident with a vehicle that leaves the scene of a crash. If you’re lucky to catch the other driver’s license plate number through your dashboard camera or cell phone, the driver can hopefully be apprehended and you can sue his or her insurance company for damages. However, the outcome of a hit-and-run accident may be different and unfortunate if you’re unable to identify the other driver.
That’s why it’s important to speak to an experienced Jacksonville auto accident attorney who can help you with your hit-and-run claim. Pajcic & Pajcic has been proudly serving the greater Jacksonville area for over four decades. Such experience routinely produces positive results in cases with uncertain coverage situations, including $7 million awarded to a crash victim whose accident was caused by a driver with limited insurance. Contact us today so we can discuss your options further.
How to handle a hit-and-run accident
Florida law requires that all road users involved in an accident remain at the scene until police arrive and all procedures have been completed. Unfortunately, some drivers flee the scene of an accident because:
- They are uninsured
- They want to avoid legal consequences of the crash
- They’re involved in illegal activity
- They’re trying to evade police
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident and were unable to identify the driver, your only option may be to recover damages from your own insurance company. However, in order to receive compensation, you must have uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). While UIM is intended for accidents with uninsured drivers, it also applies to hit-and-run accidents – after all, a driver who can’t be found is uninsured by default. This type of coverage is optional in Florida, but we highly recommend carrying it.