Miami Hit & Run Lawyer
Hit and runs happen more often than most people think. Fleeing the scene is actually on the rise, particularly if the injured victim is unable to follow the perpetrator due to extreme injury or severe vehicle damage. If you were injured by a hit and run driver, know that you are not alone in seeking justice. While police search for the driver, our Miami hit & run lawyer can help you recover your economic and non-economic damages by filing a personal injury claim. Spencer Morgan Law assists victims who wish to file a claim against the other party, with their own uninsured motorist coverage, or both.
Using Your Uninsured Motorist Policy if the Driver is Never Caught
A shockingly large proportion of hit and run drivers are never caught. This leaves the question: what avenue does the victim have to pursue financial compensation if the at fault party is never tracked down by police? The answer is that the victim still has the opportunity to file a claim with their own UM police (uninsured/underinsured motorist policy). By doing so, they can seek all of the damages they would be entitled to if the at-fault party was found and held responsible for causing the crash. These damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Loss of joy of life
- And more.
In cases where the hit and run driver is found, but is uninsured or underinsured, you can still seek damages from them and their insurer directly, as well as from your own UM policy.
Hit and Run When the Victim is a Pedestrian or Bicyclist
When a driver crashes with another motor vehicle, they may or may not be able to get away due to their own car damage; but when a driver hits a pedestrian, they always have the option to flee the scene. Tragically, one out of four pedestrian fatalities are caused in hit and runs. This disturbing statistic reveals the true nature of many drivers—if they are able to get away without taking responsibility for their actions, roughly one out of four will attempt to do so. Pedestrians, as well as bicyclists who also face a disproportionate number of hit and run collisions, can file a claim with the at-fault party or their own UM policy, just like car and truck occupant victims. Quite often, the claims filed by pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users are higher than hit and run vehicle occupant victims due to the extreme trauma and damages they tend to suffer when hit by a car.
Call a Miami Hit and Run Lawyer Today
Fleeing the scene of a crash is one of the most selfish, deplorable actions anyone can do. The fact that you were injured on top of it only makes the at-fault hit and run driver’s decision that much more horrid. We can help you seek justice by demanding full compensation from that driver, or by seeking full and fair compensation from your own insurance company and UM policy. We urge you to call our Miami hit and hit lawyer at Spencer Morgan Law today at 305-423-3800 to schedule a free consultation.