Injured by a Spring Hill Hit & Run Driver
Hit & run car crash victims are often left with the difficult task of recovering from the accident with nobody to immediately hold accountable for their injuries. The Spring Hill auto accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can provide the legal counseling and support you need if you were injured in a hit & run crash. Our attorneys have substantial experience handling car accident cases, including hit & runs.
Drivers must take certain actions if they are involved in a crash, including:
- Immediately stopping the vehicle at the scene of the crash.
- Rendering aid, to the extent possible, to victims of the accident.
- Exchanging information with the victim, including names, addresses, and the name of their insurance carrier.
In a hit & run, a driver does not stop. This is often because he or she is already engaging in unlawful behavior, such as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving without insurance. In some instances, a driver may simply not realize that he or she struck a person. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants of other vehicles are left to deal with the consequences of a hit & run crash without a driver to hold accountable.
Liability When the Driver is Found
If the driver who struck you is found, you can hold the driver liable for your injuries. You must prove the driver’s liability to hold him or her accountable. Many motor vehicle accidents, including hit & run crashes, result from negligent driving.
Florida drivers must use reasonable care to avoid injury to themselves and others. In other words, they must be as careful as a reasonably prudent person would be under the same circumstances. A driver violates this duty of care when he or she engages in certain careless behavior, such as speeding or distracted driving. The victim must show that the driver breached his or her duty and also must show causation, which means that the driver’s breach must be connected to the victim’s injuries.
If the hit & run was a DUI accident, you may use negligence per se to seek compensation. Negligence per se means that a person was negligent as a matter of law. It is a criminal offense in Florida to drive under the influence. If the driver is convicted of a DUI, you need only demonstrate that his or her decision to drive under the influence caused your injuries.
What if the Driver is Not Found?
It may take time to find the driver who struck you, and in some cases a driver may never be found. You can look to your own insurer to get compensation for your injuries. Florida requires motorists to obtain personal injury protection coverage. If you have coverage, your insurer will cover 80 percent of your medical bills and 60 percent of your lost wages up to the amount of your coverage. You also may have coverage under other insurance policies, such as underinsured or uninsured motorist protection coverage or medical insurance coverage. Or you may have coverage under the policy of another member of your household.
Damages You May Recover
Hit & run victims may be able to recover damages that include compensation for medical and hospital expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Surviving family members of a deadly hit & run crash can get compensation for the deceased victim’s medical bills, funeral expenses, and other damages through a wrongful death claim.
North Tampa Accident Lawyers Determined to Help You
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our North Tampa personal injury attorneys are determined to provide hit & run victims with the tenacious advocacy they need to obtain compensation for their injuries. We can assert your right to coverage through your insurer and, once the hit & run driver is found, pursue your claim against the driver. You can depend on our extensive experience in the area of personal injury law and on our commitment to client service. We serve clients in Hernando, Citrus, and Pasco Counties. Call us today at (866) 597-0009 or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation.