In Florida and other States, children are the unfortunate victims of hit and run accidents as a driver, passenger, bicyclist, or pedestrian. When a child is injured as a result of a Florida hit and run accident, there are a number of legal and practical issues associated with the child’s injuries, medical bills, and other damages. Here are some of those issues and challenges:
Locating the At Fault Driver / Owner. One big challenge with hit and run cases is locating the driver / owner of the vehicle that fled the scene of the accident. In many accidents, there are no tag numbers obtained and no witnesses to the accident. If a tag number is obtained and there was significant property damage, there will be a good chance of locating the at fault vehicle. If the at fault driver and owner are located, police will interview the at fault owner and driver and continue forward with the accident investigation. Unfortunately, many drivers who flee the scene of an accident fail to have insurance. Further investigation by the police and / or a Florida Personal Injury Attorney will determine the availability and amount of coverage in place for an automobile accident.
Insurance of At Fault Driver / Owner. If the at fault owner and driver are located and there is automobile insurance in place for either, an insurance claim can be pursued even though the at fault driver fled the scene of the automobile accident. While a driver does have a duty to remain at the scene of an accident, the fact that the driver fled the scene does not mean that the automobile insurance will be nullified by these acts.
Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage. In hit and run accidents, it is helpful if there is Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage available to the injured child. A hit and run automobile accident can result in the child being qualified for an UM claim assuming that the at fault driver / owner lacked or insurance OR lacked sufficient insurance to fully compensate the injured child for the injuries sustained as a result of the Florida Automobile Accident.
Because of the complexities of hit and run accident injury claims, it is often times helpful for parents to consult with a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for advice and legal representation. The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Medical Treatment and Bills, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.