South Miami Hit And Run Accident

What is a Hit & Run crime?A hit and run occurs when a driver that was involved in a car accident leaves the scene without properly identifying him or herself. Under the law, all those involved in motor vehicle accidents must properly identify themselves before driving away. If a person fails to identify him or herself and leaves the scene of the accident, he or she is not only subject to civil liability for the damages or injuries cause, but may be subject to criminal charges.Florida Hit & Run Legal Consequences

A person is not simply sentenced for committing a hit and run without the court evaluating all factors leading to the incident, like the nature of the accident, whether anyone was injured during the accident, how severe were the injuries of the other person (if any), whether the drive at fault cooperated with law enforcement, how much property damage was caused, and whether the driver at fault had any other similar offenses on his/her criminal record. A driver convicted of hit and run may be sentenced criminally to:

  • imprisonment
  • large fines
  • community service
  • probation
  • parole

Given the life-altering legal consequences of a hit and run accident, it is always advisable for any driver involved in an accident to retain an experienced Miami criminal defense lawyer who has the knowledge it takes to successfully fight such criminal charges.

Hiring an Experienced South Miami Hit & Run Personal Injury Attorney

However the legal ramifications of a hit and run accidents do not end with the criminal charges. There are also civil liability issues springing out of the accident and while the driver at fault may be represented by lawyers appointed by his or her auto insurance company, the injured victim’s civil rights or entitlement to money damages are best handled by an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Were You or a Loved One Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver?

Typically, the injuries caused by hit-and-run accidents are serious. Often a car crash turns into a hit and run accident when one of the vehicles leaves the scene before police arrives. However the deadliest and more notorious kind of hit and run accident involve pedestrians or bicyclists getting hit by motor vehicle who’s driver then leaves the scene before summoning help and waiting for the police to arrive. Whether it is a motorist speeding through a crosswalk and hitting a pedestrian that has the right of way or a distracted driver making a left-hand turn in front of a bicyclist, the person unprotected by a car will invariably lose the battle. And sadly, hit and run accidents have reached epidemic proportions in South Florida lately.

If you or a loved one have been injured or if a loved one has been killed in an accident were the driver at fault fled the scene, please immediately contact the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience vigorously helping victims of car accidents recover the compensation they needed to recover from their injuries. Please note that this compensation may include payments for pain and suffering, rehabilitation therapy and missed work in addition to compensation for the injuries or loss of life themselves.

People wrongfully assume that just because no one was able to capture the license plate number of the vehicle that fled the scene, there is no recourse against that fugitive driver or a way to pursue a claim for damages. However, experienced car accident lawyers like those from the Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. know that Florida law provides other avenues to find out who the culprit is and to pursue a case for compensation against this driver and his or her insurance company or one’s own uninsured motorist coverage. Our experienced in-house investigator will start working collecting evidence and using our vast resources to find out who the hit and run driver is and to start building a case against him or her.

Did Another Vehicle Force You Off the Road?

Sometimes we find that people don’t realize that even when a so called “phantom vehicle” runs you off the road, or makes you swerve out-of-control and hit a third car and then fled the scene, you may be able to recover significant compensation even if the fleeing vehicle never hit your car. The car accident lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will make you sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact us or call us at 305-595-2400 today to schedule a free consultation.