Hit and Run Accident Attorneys Boca Raton
Serving Florida from our Boca Raton Office
A hit and run victim is often left with not only dealing with their injuries, but recovering all of the costs of the accident because there is no one there to be held accountable.
At Glotzer & Kobren, we offer legal counsel to those who are involved in hit and run accidents and our attorneys have ample experience dealing with this unique type of case.
Hit and Run Accidents in Florida
In Florida, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. After an accident, drivers have specific responsibilities, including rendering aid, calling emergency personnel, and staying present to exchange information with the other driver.
In a hit and run accident, the other party does not stop and leaves the scene of the accident. Sometimes, a person engages in a hit and run because they are already committing another illegal act, such as driving a stolen vehicle, driving while under the influence or driving without a license.
Also, there are rare cases where the driver does not realize they’ve hit anyone. This is especially true with accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.
When the Driver is Found
An accident attorney will tell you that the chances of a driver getting away with a hit and run are minimal. Due to witness accounts, vehicle surveillance, and the like, police officials are usually able to locate the vehicle and driver responsible for the accident.
Once the driver is found, it is up to your accident attorney Boca Raton to prove the person was liable for the accident and negligent. If the driver is convicted of other traffic violations as part of the accident, such as driving without a license or driving under the influence, it will make proving your case easier.
Once you prove negligence, you will be able to collect damages from the responsible party. While every case is different, your accident attorney may seek compensation for:
- Damages to your vehicle
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
- Funeral expenses (if a wrongful death occurs)
- Pain and suffering
In addition to the civil lawsuit, a person who is caught as the responsible part in a hit and run accident can face other consequences, including:
- Loss of license and driving privileges for a set amount of time
- Fines and court fees
While they may hire an attorney to defend their hit and run, the courts do not take hit and run accidents lightly. Even with legitimate excuses, most people guilty of hit and run accidents will face some sort of punishment.
What if the Driver Isn’t Found?
There are cases where the responsible driver in a hit and run accident might never be located. In this case, you still have your personal injury protection coverage through your insurance.
You should be covered up to the maximum payout, which is typically $10,000 for most auto policies. You will generally also have under-insured or uninsured motorist protection, which will cover the additional costs.
Injured in a Hit and Run? Call a Hit and Run Accident Attorney at Glotzer & Kobren
Hit and run accidents are difficult to deal with, especially because you do not have anyone to hold responsible for your losses.
The Boca Raton accident attorneys at Glotzer & Kobren can help you with your hit and run case. We offer free consultations and can help negotiate settlements either with your own insurance or the responsible party to ensure a hit and run does not become your liability.
Call now at 561-300-6900 to speak to one of our accident attorneys, and get the help you need today.