Victims of severe hit-and-run accidents deserve to recover damages from the party who caused their collision. But when drivers flee the scene, doing so can be challenging. However, you are not without options for financial recovery.
A Leesburg car accident lawyer with Bogin, Munns & Munns can explore every available avenue for securing compensation for your injuries and losses. We will fight for a full and fair settlement from your insurer and take legal action against liable parties when possible. Contact us today for a free consultation.
How Can You Recover Hit-and-Run Car Accident Damages in Leesburg, FL?
We Can File a Claim for Compensation With Your Auto Insurer
Florida’s auto insurance laws, outlined in Florida Statutes § 627.736, state that most drivers must carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This coverage provides the following compensation (up to the policy limits) after a car accident, no matter the collision’s cause:
- Medical benefits. PIP will pay up to 80 percent of your “reasonable” and “necessary” medical expenses. Covered treatments include surgeries, hospital stays, rehabilitative services, mobility aids, and nursing. However, you must seek medical treatment within 14 days of your accident, or your claim may be denied.
- Wage benefits. You can recover up to 60 percent of your lost gross income and lost future earning capacity if you suffered a severe injury that prevents you from working.
- Death benefits. In addition to medical and wage benefits, PIP pays $5,000 in death benefits per fatally injured party.
In addition to PIP, you may have other policies that will cover hit-and-run damages, including uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) coverage or collision coverage. Our Leesburg hit-and-run accident lawyers will review your policy, file all applicable claims, and negotiate for the maximum compensation possible.
We May Be Able to Seek Damages From the At-Fault Party
If you have injuries and losses that qualify you to step outside the no-fault system, we could recover compensation from a liable party. We can investigate your car accident, collect evidence, and prove that a negligent driver caused your crash.
During the investigation, we may uncover information that could help the police locate the hit-and-run driver. If law enforcement finds the offending motorist, we can hold them financially accountable. We may also find proof that a third party bears some financial responsibility, such as a property owner or another driver who remained at the scene.
A liability insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against those at fault will allow you to recover damages not covered by PIP, including the following:
- The total value of your medical bills (not only 80 percent)
- Medical expenses exceeding your no-fault policy limit or treatments your provider doesn’t cover
- The total value of your lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs and compensation for damages to personal property, like cell phones, laptops, or jewelry
- Pain and suffering, including monetary awards for scarring, disfigurement, permanent disability, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, and impaired quality of life
- Wrongful death, including medical care, funeral and burial costs, loss of the deceased’s income, services, and support, and survivors’ mental pain and suffering
You do not have to pay for a hit-and-run accident out of pocket. Call Bogin, Munns & Munns today to learn more about how we can pursue the compensation you need to get back on your feet. The consultation is free.
To consult with an experienced hit and run accident lawyer serving Leesburg, call 855-780-9986
Our Leesburg Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys Can Negotiate Your Settlement
It can be a challenge to get the compensation you need and deserve, even when dealing with your insurance company. Insurance is a business, so keeping settlements low increases the bottom line. Insurers may look for reasons to reduce or deny your claim, including placing blame on you to diminish their financial liability.
Our injury lawyers will defend you against allegations of negligence or wrongdoing designed to devalue your claim. We will negotiate for the maximum settlement possible, review your offers, reject lowball payouts, and push back against bad-faith insurance tactics. If necessary, we will file a lawsuit and take your case to trial to get the money owed to you and your family.
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Leesburg Hit-and-Run Accident Claim Deadlines
It is best to file your auto insurance claims as soon as possible. Doing so will give you time to build your case and negotiate a fair settlement before your window of legal action expires.
Florida Statutes § 95.11 allows two years from your accident to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries and losses. If you do not resolve your claim or pursue your case within the deadline, you may be unable to recover compensation.
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Why Do Hit-and-Run Drivers Leave the Accident Scene?
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), around 25 percent of the state’s traffic accidents involve a hit-and-run driver. Leaving the scene is illegal and negligent and could delay medical care for injured parties, so why do so many drivers do it? According to the AAA Foundation for Auto Safety, factors that may lead a driver to hit and run include:
- Intoxication. Drivers are less likely to stop if they are driving drunk or have a record of driving under the influence (DUI).
- Location and time. Hit-and-run crashes happen more often at night and in rural areas because motorists are more likely to flee if they think no one saw the crash and they can get away with it.
- Age and gender. Young male drivers are more likely to hit and run.
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Call Bogin, Munns & Munns About Your Leesburg, FL, Hit-and-Run Accident Case
Our Leesburg hit-and-run accident lawyers can manage your car accident case and fight for fair compensation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay for our services if and when we win your case. Contact Bogin, Munns & Munns today for a free consultation.