Hit and run accidents occur regularly in Southwest Florida. There are many reasons that a driver may hit and run. Some of the reasons that we see more often include the hit-and-run driver having no liability insurance, no license, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We see these accidents involving other vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians. These hit and run accidents can cause serious personal injury or death.
Hit and run accidents pose specific problems in personal injury cases. First, often times the investigating law enforcement agency is not able to track down the hit-and-run driver. It is important to contact us quickly if you have such an accident because we may be able to aid in the investigation and determine the identity of the hit-and-run driver.
Even if we cannot determine the identity of the hit-and-run driver, and therefore what insurance, if any, the hit-and-run driver had available to pay your damages including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering, we can still potentially obtain a recovery for you. In those instances we need to make a claim against your uninsured motorist coverage, which protects you from situations where a drive that hits you does not have insurance. Under your uninsured motorist coverage you are able to obtain recovery of the same damages you would have been able to recover against the hit-and-run driver. Please see our explanation of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.
We provide a free consultation to discuss your hit-and-run case and determine what can be done to protect your rights. Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz P.A. has six offices in Southwest Florida. The offices are located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you) Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Call us first at 800-332-9404 or fill out simple case form today.