If the driver who caused your car accident did not stay at the scene, pursuing compensation for your damages may prove challenging. A Miami hit and run accident lawyer from Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers may be able to investigate your accident and determine the best course of action for you.
The details of your case require a dedicated focus in order to perhaps locate the responsible driver. Securing legal representation may allow you more time to focus on your recovery and medical care.
A driver who fails to remain at the scene of an accident can delay the medical care an accident victim may need. If you suffered serious injuries and the driver responsible for the accident fled the scene, we may be able to help you. Call Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers now for a free case evaluation: (305) 944-2035.
Hit and Run Accidents May Result in Injuries and Fatalities
Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) shows the alarming statistics when it comes to hit and run accidents throughout the state:
- More than 500,000 hit and run accidents occurred between 2015 and 2019
- More than 1,000 traffic fatalities resulted from hit and run accidents during that same time period
The FLHSMV shows the majority of accidents occurred during dawn, dusk, or at nighttime.
Leaving the scene of an accident is not only irresponsible; it is against the law (Florida Statute § 316.061). If located and convicted, the driver faces possible prison time and large fines for accidents involving personal injury or fatalities.
If the driver who caused your injuries faces criminal charges, you may still pursue a civil case. Your personal injury or wrongful death case has no connection to any criminal case.
Reasons Drivers May Flee the Scene of an Accident
When a driver flees the scene of an accident involving another motorist, a pedestrian, or a bicyclist, they generally do so out of fear. The panic they experience may result from one of the following situations:
- They do not have a valid driver’s license
- They were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- They were distracted, driving aggressively, or driving while drowsy
No excuse or reason justifies their actions of leaving the scene. If the driver never takes responsibility for their actions, your insurance policy may serve as an option for compensation for your damages.
When the Driver Is Never Located
It can take days, weeks, or months to locate the responsible driver—and in some cases, they may never be located. If this is the situation with your case, a Miami hit and run accident lawyer may be able to work with you regarding your own auto insurance policy.
You pay insurance premiums in the hopes you will have protection when you need it most. Insurance companies sell policies in the hopes that clients never need the benefits. This push-and-pull nature of insurance can leave you frustrated.
At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we understand how insurance companies work. We can carefully review the terms of your policy. An insurance policy is a legally binding document. When an insurance company fails to honor their own policy, we may be able to help you hold them accountable.
If your insurance company fails to provide the benefits for which you paid, call us now for a free case evaluation: (305) 944-2035.
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How You Can Help Us With Your Case
The aftermath of your accident can leave you in pain and traumatized. Once you have a chance to stop and think about what happened, any details you remember may help your case.
Your smartphone may contain images of the accident scene that provide clues as to the type of vehicle involved in the crash. You may also have the contact information for “good Samaritans” who witnessed the accident and who stopped to help you.
An official police report is another helpful form of evidence. And lastly, a copy of your own auto insurance policy is something a member of our team may wish to study as soon as possible.
You may be able to help your case in additional ways by limiting what you post on social media and what you share with friends. While remaining hopeful that the driver will turn themselves in, it is important that you do nothing to indicate the accident was your fault.
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Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers Is on Your Side
The shock of a hit and run accident can easily turn into feelings of anger and frustration. Whether the driver responsible was drunk, distracted, or driving aggressively, they had a responsibility—by law—to remain at the scene.
A driver who flees is understandably afraid of the possible consequences. If they never come forward, options remain for pursuing compensation.
A hit and run accident investigation requires an investment of time. At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we may get to work immediately by listening to your account of what happened.
It is our commitment to provide personal representation for our clients that draws people to our services. When you hire us to represent you, you deal directly with a lawyer.
Large law firms have many layers. At Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers, we desire to get to know those we serve. As active members of the Miami-Dade community, we view what we do as helping neighbors achieve justice.
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The medical costs that resulted from your hit and run accident should not be your responsibility. The fact that the driver failed to stop and render aid demands accountability. However, if the negligent driver continues to hide, your insurance company must come through for you.
Get started on your personal injury case today by reaching out to us for a free case evaluation. The sooner you contact a Miami hit and run accident lawyer, the sooner we can get started on your case. We are easy for clients to talk with, and we are aggressive in our pursuit of justice. Call for your free case evaluation today: (305) 944-2035.