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Hit and Run Accidents in the Parking Lot

Hit and run accidents occur when a driver of another vehicle intentionally leaves the scene of the accident without providing any information. In Florida, between 2013 and 2014, the state’s fatal hit and run crashes increased by 23 percent. In total, there were 80,000 hit and runs. Gov. Rick Scott signed a regulation last year that strengthens the penalties for leaving the scene of a crash, making it a second-degree felony and requiring a mandatory minimum four year penalty for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Drivers who leave an accident could also have their license revoked for three years under the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act.

Some examples of hit and run accidents include when a car hits you and speeds off, when a driver hits you on a bike and speeds off or when another automobile hits your unattended parked vehicle and leaves no note with information or way of collecting damages. This can be extremely stressful if you are the victim of a hit and run. The first two incidences of hit and runs can be easier to manage because you may be able to get a lot of information on the car that hit you. The last situation is the most difficult situation because if you were away from your car and it was damaged, the possibility of finding that car that hit you is extremely difficult. Nevertheless, there are probable steps to take to make sure that you are able to recover the money you deserve.

If the hit and run occurred when you were away from your parked car, jot down as much information as you can, such as the time, location and damage. Also, look around for any possible witnesses to the accident and ask for their names and contact information. This is to insure that the insurance company doesn’t think that you are filing a false report or attempting to fraud yourself. Some drivers hit an object and try to claim that they were the victim of a hit and run, so you want to be able to prove that you are not attempting to fraud yourself.

Furthermore, make sure you file a police report. When someone hits you and drives off, it’s imperative that you call the police as soon as possible to have a liable source of inquiry. Filing an accident report, including the names of any witnesses or other important details can hasten the auto claims process and give you an official document to rely upon later.

Uninsured Motorist Coverage & Personal Injury Protection

Considering the inadequate coverage that personal injury protection or PIP provides, combined with the reality that you may be involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, it is often a good idea to purchase uninsured motorist coverage. In the event that you are wronged in a hit and run accident or a collision with an uninsured motorist, your remedial care, lost wages and other losses or expenses ought to be covered.

As a policyholder who pays premiums to an insurance company, whether for PIP and/or uninsured motorist coverage, you have the right to expect to be treated practically when it comes time to file a claim. Unfortunately, some insurers only seem interested in defending themselves. They may deny a legitimate claim due to fraud possibility, setback a payment or offer a resolution that is unfairly low. The fraud issue as well as the latter issue, low settlement offers, are typically the primary problems that claimants run into when seeking compensation after a hit and run accident.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA

It’s very important that you contact the police as soon as you possibly can after a hit-and-run accident. This will increase the chance that they will be able to apprehend the other driver and validate your claim. This could also ensure that you have the ability to recover damages for any injuries that the fled driver caused you. Calling the police is also necessary to protect your right to recover under your own uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance policy should the police fail to apprehend the guilty driver. If you are involved in an auto accident, call the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at 727-451-6900 for a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Tampa Bay accident attorneys.

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