If you are injured in a Daytona Beach car accident you have the right to file a car accident injury claim against the driver’s insurance company who caused your accident. However, the process can be more difficult if the driver flees the accident scene and is never located by authorities.

Hit-and-Run accidents on the rise

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.

The three most common reasons why someone would flee the scene of an accident

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:
  • Intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Wanted by the police
  • Driving without a valid driver’s license or insurance

How you can protect yourself

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.

You can help discourage other hit-and-run accidents

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:
  • 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

Negotiating with your insurance company

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.

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.