Miami-Dade and Broward Counties accounted for nearly one-third of the 69,994 hit-and-run crashes in Florida last year according to a recent study released by the Florida Highway Patrol. While Miami-Dade saw its number of hit-and-run crashes decrease in 12,813, down from 15,229 in 2011, Broward County saw an alarming 8% increase during the same time frame, with 7,857 hit-and-run crashes being reported in 2012.
The announcement came as part of an awareness FHP campaign launched to combat the criminal and irresponsible actions of leaving the scene of a crash.
While FHP wants people to understand the criminal penalties they could face for leaving an accident scene, the Broward and Miami Dade Personal Injury Attorneys of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene want the victims of South Florida’s hit-and-run accidents to know there rights. Even if law enforcement officials cannot find the vehicle that crashed into you and fled the scene, there is still plenty that can be done. If you are injured, it is important that you seek medical attention quickly. Under Florida’s new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) laws, if you do not see a doctor within 14 days of the crash, you will no longer be entitled to your PIP benefits.
At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our accident attorney’s regularly handle hit-and-run crash cases. If our investigation fails to find the responsible party, as an accident victim, you can still make a claim with uninsured motorist carrier. Your insurance company stands in the shoes of the at-fault driver and is responsible for damages you have incurred, potentially including medical bills, lost wages, out of pocket expenses and pain and suffering.
If you have been involved in a hit-and-run automobile accident, don’t give up just because the person who hit you carelessly left the scene and failed to take responsibility for their actions. Let the South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene go to work for you. We offer a No Fee Guarantee, meaning you don’t owe us money unless we win for you, and we offer free initial consultations. Contact us today to protect your rights.