When a car accident occurs, most drivers know that it is time to pull over and exchange information. The police often get called as well, so that they can fill out a report that includes the details of the accident. However, some drivers do not do this. Some drivers flee the scene in what is commonly called a hit and run accident.
If you have suffered an injury or property damage where the driver has fled the scene, it can be more difficult to pursue damages, but a Miami hit and run accident lawyer may be able to help. At Ben Crump Law, PLLC, we have experience with these sorts of accidents. Just call (800) 598-7557 for a free consultation, and remember that we do not charge you unless you receive compensation.
Why People Flee the Scene
There are many reasons why someone might flee after getting into an accident. While it is difficult to build a complete psychological profile of hit and run drivers, some causes are known because of the frequency with which they occur. They include:
- Impaired Drivers: Many drivers flee the scene of an accident because they are drunk or under the influence of another drug and do not want to be caught.
- Uninsured Drivers: It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle without insurance. These drivers also do not want to get caught doing something illegal.
- Outstanding Warrant for Arrest: Some drivers may have a warrant out for their arrest for a past crime that they committed.
- Other Legal Problems: Some drivers may be afraid to face law enforcement for other legal problems that they have. They may be in the country illegally or be on parole, for example.
Many times, drivers just panic and flee for no valid reason. In some cases, it can be a split-second decision. Whether it is due to panic or a simple desire not to be held accountable, a hit and run driver that causes an accident can be difficult to track down and can present complications when you pursue damages.
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Common Causes of Car Accidents
Distracted Driving: A distracted driver can easily cause an accident. A lot can happen in that second a driver takes their eyes off of the road to use the radio, open up an app on their smartphone, or talk to passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9% of all fatal crashes in the United States in 2017 involved a distracted driver.
Driving While Impaired: A driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have reduced reaction time or impaired judgment. They should not be behind the wheel of a car and can easily cause an accident.
Reckless Driving: A car that is speeding, aggressively changing lanes, and tailgating is not just an annoyance. Drivers who do not stick to the rules of the road and behave aggressively can frequently cause accidents, and they may try to flee the scene if they realize that they are at fault.
Drowsy Driving: A driver who is beginning to fall asleep behind the wheel can be dangerous. They can easily hit another car or cause property damage if they doze off and lose control of their vehicle.
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Types of Recoverable Damages
If you have suffered an injury or have otherwise been affected by a hit and run accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Types of awards include, but are not strictly limited to:
Property Damage: Whether you are involved in an auto accident with a hit and run driver, or a driver simply damages your car while it is parked and you are not inside of it, the at-fault driver may be liable for damaging your property. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), the average claim for property damage in 2018 was $3,841, so your claim could end up being quite significant.
Medical Bills: If you are in a vehicle that is struck by a hit and run driver, you may suffer injuries as a result. Medical bills can add up quickly, especially if a hospital stay is involved, and your awarded compensation may cover these costs.
Lost Wages: If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a hit and run accident, it could affect your ability to work in the short term. Your damages may cover missed paychecks while you recover.
Future Earnings: An injury that continues to affect your physical or mental capabilities can affect your future earnings as well. If you or a loved one have lost earning potential due to a hit and run accident, you should call us and ask about a free consultation.
Loss of Enjoyment: Suffering an injury that causes continued health issues could also affect your ability to enjoy activities you once loved. An injury that ruins your golf swing may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but this loss of enjoyment may be covered by your settlement.
Pain and Suffering: These damages may cover any other pain and suffering that results from your hit and run accident.
Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) requires you to pursue personal injury awards within four years of the incident, so you are better off looking into your legal options sooner rather than later.
How a Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Can Help You
When you work with a Miami hit and run accident lawyer, they handle every part of your case for you. You focus on recovering, while they take care of:
- Filing your case
- Finding the liable parties
- Gathering evidence
- Handling communications
- Making your case
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A Miami hit and run accident lawyer is ready to fight for justice for you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 598-7557. We offer free consultations, so you do not have to pay us anything until you are awarded damages.