Most car crashes involve some degree of bad behavior, but hit and run accidents are particularly shocking.
As if it weren’t inexcusable enough to drive recklessly and cause a collision, hit-and-run drivers then proceed to flee the scene and leave their victims helpless and without recourse.
These are among the most frustrating and unjust accidents on our highways.
But it isn’t only illegal. Hitting and running is also immoral, unethical, and unfair. It is an abandonment of one’s responsibilities, and it can cause real harm —in some cases, even death. There is no way to know what condition the passengers in the other car might be in. They may need assistance. Leaving them to fend for themselves can be potentially life threatening.
Fortunately, many hit-and-run drivers are ultimately caught and prosecuted.
What about the civil side of things, though?
If you have been injured in a Tampa hit and run, it isn’t enough to know that the negligent driver might be caught and punished. You may have real losses to compensate for and big bills to pay. If the at-fault driver isn’t around to pay them, how will you handle such a terrible burden on your own?
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we understand how stressful that ordeal is. There’s good news, though. You may still have options. Quite a few, in fact, depending on the circumstances of your case.
During our decades of experience in Florida auto accident lawsuits, we’ve worked with many hit-and-run victims, even when the driver can’t be found.
Often, your own insurance company inherits the responsibility to take care of you. Unfortunately, they’re usually reluctant to step up to the plate. That’s where we come in. Your “uninsured motorist coverage” may be available to be used to obtain compensation. In fact, a phantom or unknown vehicle also qualifies as an “uninsured motorists.”
Our experienced Tampa auto injury attorneys can take an aggressive stand in your defense.
Why Do Hit and Run Accidents Happen?
Most people who flee the scene of an accident never imagined they’d be the type to do it. The decision to hit and run is often made in a split second and may be motivated by ignorance or fear.
Among the most common reasons for hitting and running are:
- Fear of being ticketed or prosecuted for the accident itself
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI / DWI)
- Possession of drugs or illegal contraband in the car
- Driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license
- Underage drivers
- Driver is in the country illegally
- There is an outstanding warrant for the driver’s arrest
- Ignorance of the law (some people mistakenly assume they do not need to stop if the accident doesn’t seem to be “serious enough”)
- The driver is behaving so recklessly that he or she does not even realize that an accident occurred
None of these are excuses.
The Right Choice for Any Tampa Hit and Run Accident
If you’ve been injured in a Tampa hit and run accident, you have a choice when it comes to which attorneys will represent you in your fight for compensation. Hiring the right law firm can make all the difference.
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If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Tampa hit and run accident, your case is not hopeless.
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