According to national statistics, the number of drivers fleeing fatal hit-and-run accidents is on the rise. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the number of daily hit-and-run accidents in Central Florida have risen from 10 to 14 such crashes four years ago to the current number of 20 to 25.
Hit-and-Run accidents on the rise
Though experts can’t offer any explanations as to why these numbers have increased, the three most common reasons why someone would flee an accident scene are widely accepted. They include drivers who are:
The three most common reasons why someone would flee the scene of an accident
- Intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Wanted by the police
- Driving without a valid driver’s license or insurance
If the driver who caused your injuries is never found, you will not be able to file a claim with their insurance company. That is why you should purchase uninsured motorist insurance. Uninsured motorist insurance is specifically designed to cover motorists who are injured by motorists who are never located. You will be able to file a claim with your insurance company to pay for your damages.
How you can protect yourself
Even if you are not involved in an accident, you may witness one. You can help discourage other hit-and-run accidents and help victims by:
You can help discourage other hit-and-run accidents
- Immediately stopping at the accident scene
- Dialing 911
- Writing down the license plates of all the vehicles involved in the crash
- Reporting this information to local authorities
Though you may be properly covered, you need to make sure you get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to. The team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. is experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and will work hard to ensure you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
Negotiating with your insurance company
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by a hit-and-run driver, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.