If you have lost a family member due to the carelessness of another or been seriously injured in an accident where the other person fled the scene, you may need a hit and run attorney. Fleeing the scene of a collision is a crime in Tampa (and the rest of Florida). Doing so can result in severe penalties or jail time. Additionally, the injured party may be eligible for compensation to cover the damages.
Legal Help Involving a Hit and Run Collision
A personal injury settlement can help alleviate the immediate burdens you may be facing. You can seek compensation from the at-fault party for a number of different matters, including:
- Doctor’s fees
- Property damage
- Hospital bills
- Funeral costs
- Long-term therapy
The clock starts ticking on your claim moments after your crash in Tampa. Witness memories grow foggy, evidence begins to fade, and official reports get filed away. Be sure to act quickly so you do not lose your opportunity for fair compensation.
Your hit and run attorney at K LAW, PLLC in Tampa understands how devastating a wrongful death or personal injury caused by a negligent driver can be. The lawyers at our firm have many resources at our disposal, combined with our decades of experience. Speak with a lawyer to review your options and discuss your rights. We will help you determine the strength of your case and the best course of action to pursue compensation for the damages you incurred.
Fleeing the Scene of an Accident in Florida
Florida sees approximately 11% of the nation’s pedestrian accidents each year even though we comprise only 6% of the country’s population. Hit and runs make up a relatively high number of these collisions. And though the reasons vary, the fact remains that leaving the scene of an accident in Tampa or anywhere in Florida is a crime and the penalties are severe. If there is only property damage and the guilty party flees the scene, they face 60 days of jail time, six months of probation, or fines up to $500. If there are injuries, they may face a third-degree felony that could lead to up to five years imprisonment, five years of probation, or $5,000 in fines. Injured parties who can correctly identify a hit and run driver may seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, injuries, and other losses resulting from the crash.
What if the Police are Unable to Locate the Driver?
The unfortunate truth of many of these hit and run cases is that sometimes the criminals simply get away with it. However, this does not mean there is nothing that can be done. You have options, which a hit and run attorney can assist you with, but you may face an uphill battle.
Your insurance policy is the first area that your hit and run attorney should explore. Medical payments (MedPay) or personal injury protection (PIP) may cover your hospital expenses and your medical bills. Also, underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage may kick in to cover losses related to the collision and other medical bills.
K LAW, PLLC: Your Source for a Hit and Run Attorney in Tampa Bay
If you lost someone or were injured in a hit and run, K LAW, PLLC will evaluate your claim. Additionally, we will pursue legal action if needed against the responsible party. Through your insurance company, you may be entitled to financial coverage. Do not hesitate to contact a hit and run attorney in Tampa to discuss your options and secure rightful compensation. For a free consultation, call us today at (813) 866-8600.