Fort Lauderdale Hit-and-Run Lawyer
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in Florida, and can have severe penalties associated with it. If you have been injured in a hit-and-run, it is important that you begin to work with an attorney immediately to ensure that you follow the proper steps when dealing with your injuries, collecting insurance for your injuries, dealing with police investigations, and any other aspect of this frustrating situation. Oftentimes, someone leaves the scene of the accident because they are unlicensed, uninsured, intoxicated, or possibly even driving a stolen vehicle. Whatever their reasoning, it puts you in a complicated situation.
Your claims process will require a lot of additional steps when you are injured in a hit-and-run, because there isn’t a specific defendant right off the bat. There are a few things that we will do while we are working to determine the appropriate steps to take. During your free consultation, you will be able to discuss the specifics of your accident, recount what happened and how, and understand what our team suggests for your unique situation. We will aggressively seek information leading to the apprehension of the other driver, and will work with you to determine alternate routes of financial recovery if that is ultimately not a possibility. Read more below, and contact us immediately.
What Should I Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident?
As soon as you are in an accident, you should call 9-1-1 to be sure that emergency responders will be on the scene to address any injuries. This is especially important during a hit-and-run to establish the situation with official records. You will be able to give your firsthand account to a police officer, who will then write an official report about the entire situation. This official account will be referenced throughout your claims process. If you or the officials on-site believe that you need medical attention, be sure that you accept it.
Contact Friedland & Associates as soon as you are able to. We will work directly with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to ensure that the other driver is found, which will make the claims process a lot more clear, and will increase the amount of your rightful payout significantly. If we are unable to locate the driver, we will work with your insurance company. It is likely that you will be covered by your own insurance company under your Uninsured and/or underinsured Motorist insurance, but remember that this policy is limited. Therefore, it is in our best interest to aggressively pursue finding the other driver.
After We Find the Hit-and-Run Driver
If we are able to locate the offending driver, then we will file a civil suit against them in tandem with the criminal charges that they will be facing. If they are insured, then we will be able to pursue their insurance company for maximum damages that include both economic and non-economic factors. Take a look below at what these things entail during this type of claims, negotiation, or lawsuit process.
Economic damages include anything that requires payment for, or has actual dollar values applied to them. This can be things like medical bills, recovery costs, prescription drug prices, lost wages or PTO used to cover your time away from work, and more. To recover economic damages, we will submit all bills, invoices, and employment documents that prove these losses.
Non-economic damages can be more tricky to determine, because they do not have actual dollar amounts applied to them. However, this does not mean that they are not important — in fact, they can be even more important. They seek justice and payment for the physical and emotional aspects of an accident, like your pain and suffering, depression, loss of enjoyment, and other impacts to your daily and long-term life that are impacted.
Contact Us Today
Whether or not you have identified the driver who hit you and then took off, contact us immediately to get a hit-and-run attorney in Fort Lauderdale on your side. We will work with your insurance company, the Fort Lauderdale police, the offender’s insurance company, and every other party involved in the situation to ensure that you get the justice that you deserve.