Florida Hit & Run Attorney
Accidents with a hit-and-run driver can leave you feeling both injured and angered
A car accident can turn an otherwise normal day upside-down. The violence, the shock, the fear, the physical pain, can all leave you deeply shaken. Seeing the driver who caused your accident speeding away from the scene of the crash while you’re still in shock over what just happened can add a layer of anger, or even hopelessness, to this mix of emotions. Is that person going to get away with hurting you and your family? Will you still be able to have your injuries and property damage paid for by insurance? What happens now?
Meldon Law will fight for the money you’re owed after a hit-and-run crash
No one deserves to be abandoned at the scene of an accident. In fact, it’s against the law in Florida. Even if the runaway driver is never located, you have options for getting the money you need after an accident with an unknown driver. Meldon Law, the official law firm partner of the Florida Gators, is a trusted name in personal injury law throughout the state of Florida. Let us provide a no-cost consultation where we can evaluate your case and explain the benefits of working with one of Florida’s most trusted names in accident victim representation.
Is there any way to find a hit-and-run driver?
Finding hit-and-run drivers can be a challenge, but it isn’t always impossible. Experienced Florida personal injury attorneys, such as the attorneys at Meldon Law, often work with seasoned investigators who can gather evidence that may point to the location of a hit-and-run driver. Additionally, since leaving the scene of an accident without first attempting to render aid is a crime in Florida, local police departments will also be looking for the driver who left the scene of your crash in order to bring them to justice.
Evidence that can help locate runaway drivers includes:
- Police reports: Police officers who report to the scene of an accident may be able to collect witness statements that could shed light on the driver’s identity.
- Surveillance footage: Security cameras near the scene of the crash or in the blocks that the runaway driver traveled when approaching or fleeing the scene could provide additional evidence of the driver’s identity, such as the make and model of the vehicle or their license plate number.
- Eyewitness accounts: In the seconds after the crash, you were likely in shock. You may not have had the presence of mind necessary to note the appearance of the driver, the make and model of the vehicle that hit you, or the vehicle’s license plate number. However, witnesses to the accident might have been better positioned to take note of this sort of information.
- Social media posts from the scene of the accident
What should I do after a hit-and-run driver leaves the scene of an accident?
- Seek any medical help necessary: If you need emergency medical care, your first task must be to call 911. Nothing is more important than your physical well-being and that of your passengers.
- Contact the police: While having a police report is often important after an accident, it is critical after a hit-and-run crash. Not only are you reporting a serious accident, but you are also reporting the crime of someone leaving the scene of a crash without rendering aid.
- Take pictures: Photos of the position of your vehicle, the damage done, any skid marks on the road, and other property damage to nearby objects, will help paint a picture of what happened in the crash and whether the hit-and-run driver was at fault.
- Talk to bystanders: Eyewitnesses can prove invaluable when trying to track down a hit-and-run driver, especially since they may have seen more of the crash than the victims did. Make sure to ask witnesses for their contact information, as well as any information they can recall about the driver. For example, if they cannot remember the make or model of the car, even the style of 0the vehicle could be helpful to know. Ask whether they could see into the vehicle and if they noticed anything about the driver’s appearance. Also ask for any information that could be used to identify the car, such as bumper stickers or pre-existing damage. These unique details can help investigators locate the vehicle and its driver.
- Contact an attorney: After a hit-and-run, an attorney can help you get compensation for your injuries. The attorney will know what steps to take to try to locate the at-fault driver. If the driver cannot be found, an attorney will then help you file a claim on your Uninsured Motorist coverage. These claims are not always easy to prove without an attorney’s help, but they can offer a means of compensation to help you cover the costs of the crash even when the driver is unidentified.
Help With Hit-and-Run Car Accident Claims in Florida
If you have been the victim of a Florida hit-and-run accident, contact the knowledgeable and tenacious Florida personal injury attorneys at Meldon Law for a free evaluation of your case.