Can I Be Compensated For My Sarasota Accident If The Hit & Run Driver Cannot Be Found?
Hit and run accidents are by far one of the worst types of accidents. There is nothing worse than being hit and then just watching the driver flee the scene, not even caring about the damage and injuries they caused you. Unfortunately, even with the impressive investigative skills of the Sarasota police officers, sometimes hit and run drivers are not found. What happens then? Are you just left holding the bag and trying to find a way to pay for your damages on your own?
What To Do After A Hit And Run
Sometimes the driver will never be found. However, you will always have a higher likelihood of finding the driver if you know what to do after a hit and run. Here are some steps to take to protect your interests:
• If you are severely injured, the most important thing you need to do is seek medical treatment for your injuries. Everything else can wait. What matters most is your health.
• Gather all the information you can about the other driver. Try to note the color, make, and model of the vehicle. Try to get any information off the license plate. Even a partial license plate number can be used to identify the driver. Also try to note descriptive features of the other driver like their gender, hair color, or any distinguishing features like tattoos or glasses.
• Talk to any witnesses. They may have caught something you didn’t catch like the full driver’s license number. Make sure to get their names and contact information as well. They may be helpful in both locating the other driver and proving the validity of your accident claims. Also check to see if there are any cameras like security cameras, traffic cameras, or someone filming on their smartphone that may have captured footage of the other driver.
• Call 911 and let the police know you’ve been hit in a hit-and-run accident. Tell them all the details you’ve collected about the other driver. In most cases, they will have an officer report to the scene of the crime and notify other officers to look for the hit and run driver. When the officer arrives, give them all the information that you have gathered.
• Once you’ve finished filing a report, seek medical attention. Even if you think you haven’t been injured badly, it’s really important to see a physician. Some serious injuries take days, even weeks to show symptoms. The earlier you get a diagnosis for these injuries, the better your treatment options will be.
Following these steps will not guarantee you will find the hit-and-run driver, but they will help reduce your chances of not finding the other driver.
When The Driver Is Never Found
Florida is a very populous state with tons of tourists. Unfortunately, that means sometimes the other driver is not found. In those cases, you can still get compensation for your damages from your insurance company. You essentially have two options: The first is to use your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This coverage is a no-fault coverage, so you can make a claim against it to pay for your medical bills. Another option you have is to file a claim against your uninsured motorist coverage. This is an add-on coverage, so you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.
Sadly, drivers who have been injured in a hit and run have a long journey ahead of them to get compensation for their injuries. The team at Justice Pays understands. Our attorneys Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh have over 100 years combined experience fighting for Sarasota hit and run accident victims. We know all the avenues available to pursue compensation and we’ll fight to ensure that your rights are protected. Give us a call at 1-833-954-1234 for a free case review and to learn all your legal options.