Weston Hit-and-Run Accident Attorney
Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver?
It is a crime to leave the scene of an accident. Even so, many drivers try to evade responsibility, leaving accident victims to pick up the pieces. Without information about the at-fault driver, the situation can become very challenging when seeking compensation. Rather than attempting to handle a hit and run injury case on your own, our Weston, Florida Personal Injury Attorney can manage every detail, allowing you to focus on your recovery. The legal team at Justin Morgan Law could negotiate with the insurance company to pursue every form of compensation available. Call us toll-free at 1-800-9JUSTIN or 1-800-958-7846 to schedule a consultation.
What to do After a Hit-and-Run Accident
Accidents are traumatic events, and the aftermath can be long, difficult, and painful – made worse when the negligent driver has fled the scene of the accident.
Here are some steps you should take after a hit-and-run accident:
- Call 9-1-1 to report the accident. An accident report is a crucial piece of evidence in a personal injury claim. The priority after an injury accident is emergency medical care.
- Write down any facts. Document as many details as you can about the accident, including the make, model, and color of the car, the license plate, the driver, and anything else that could be important. Writing these details down when they are fresh in your mind could help identify the negligent driver.
- Images: Take pictures of the accident scene with your phone.
- Witnesses: If there are any witnesses, ensure you write down their contact information.
- Medical assessment: If you did feel you needed emergency medical attention, you should see a doctor to perform a full examination. Even if you do not believe your injuries are severe, symptoms sometimes present themselves days or even weeks after an accident. Tell the doctor you were in a vehicle accident, so it is documented on your medical record.
Recoverable Damages in a Hit-and-Run Accident
After being involved in a hit-and-run accident, you must also file a claim with your insurance provider. However, do not expect to have an easy time as many of these companies try to avoid having to pay accident victims. That is why it is essential to thoroughly document the details of the accident. Moreover, sometimes the details you provide can help law enforcement catch the responsible driver. Under these circumstances, you could even recover punitive damages.
That said, generally, these are the potential damages a hit-and-run accident victim could recover:
- Past and future medical expenses related to your injuries
- Lost wages or reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Punitive damages could be awarded in some cases (intended to punish)
The severity of your injuries will greatly influence your compensation. For example, if you are not expected to achieve a full recovery from your injuries, it will increase the value of your claim, especially if you are no longer able to work or participate in certain activities or practice your profession.
Discuss Your Hit-and-Run Accident Case with Our Weston Team
If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, do not hesitate to reach out to our Weston, Florida Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at Justin Morgan Law. We will investigate the details of your case, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and, if necessary, represent you in court. We understand how difficult this experience can be, which is why we are committed to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal support. Call us toll-free at 1-800-9JUSTIN or 1-800-958-7846 to schedule an initial case evaluation with a member of our team.