Hit-and-run drivers are doubly irresponsible. Not only do they cause accidents through negligence, but they also leave you to face the consequences.
With the support of the Bradenton hit-and-run accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, you don’t have to face those consequences alone. Whether the culprit is found or not, we can help pursue damages for your losses.
We Will Seek Compensation for Each of Your Damages in Manatee County, FL
After suffering harm in a collision, you likely have many concerns about paying for your losses––especially if you don’t know the at-fault driver’s identity. Depending on the circumstances, you could receive compensation for:
- Emergency healthcare expenses
- Treatment costs
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment
- Long-term care
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Diminished earning ability
Your own list of possible damages will be more specific, highlighting your unique trauma. Part of our work will involve compiling evidence that emphasizes the distinct challenges you have faced due to this accident.
We Will Assess Your Damages’ Value Using Evidence
Your injuries’ severity will dictate what damages you can recover and how much. For instance, if you suffered a concussion, we can gather copies of your medical records (as well as specialist testimony) to assess your losses. If symptoms have prevented you from working or enjoying your hobbies, we include those details in our argument for damages.
By analyzing your situation, we can determine what you’re owed and pursue the amount you deserve.
How Your Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer Serving Bradenton Will Serve You
Our team will do everything possible to resolve your case, including:
- Talking with insurance adjusters
- Drafting your official statement
- Filling out claim paperwork
- Understanding your insurance policy
- Translating confusing legal terms
- Assigning a value to your case
- Negotiating your compensation
- Preventing adjusters from stalling your case’s progression
Just because you file a claim with your own insurance company doesn’t mean it’s on your side. Claims adjusters want to protect their employers’ best interests. By contrast, the only goal of the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is to recover what you deserve.
We Will Assess How Florida’s Laws Apply to Your Case
No-fault states, like Florida, make it both easy and difficult to get compensation. Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage doesn’t require injured claimants to prove fault. So, in many situations, it doesn’t matter who caused a collision when pursuing damages.
However, the state’s minimum required coverage is low ($10,000), and compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and reduced quality of life are only available under certain circumstances.
Only serious injuries defined by Florida Statutes § 627.737 garner damages outside of standard PIP coverage. Serious injuries include ones that:
- Are permanent
- Affect bodily functions
- Leave you disfigured or scarred
We work with doctors, accident experts, and economists to build a case showing you suffered serious injuries. We also prepare a lawsuit filing and get ready to take your case to court if necessary.
We Will File Your Civil Lawsuit Within the Statutory Deadline
Given that fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime, the driver in your case may face criminal charges. Don’t wait until that case is resolved to pursue compensation for your injuries, however. While a criminal case can dole out justice, it won’t provide compensation for your losses.
Florida generally allows four years to file a personal injury lawsuit, per Florida Statutes § 95.11. We can use that time to compile evidence, interview witnesses while the event is still fresh in their minds, and build a case. Some circumstances can also shorten the statute of limitations, while others can make it longer, such as if the driver is not found.
Our hit-and-run lawyers can evaluate your Bradenton car accident to identify your filing window and act accordingly.
You Have Legal Options Even If We Can’t Find the Other Driver
Sadly, sometimes the at-fault driver escapes justice. Nonetheless, other forms of negligence may have been at play. We can therefore investigate whether:
- Poor roadway conditions contributed to your accident.
- A vehicle’s defect (or a mechanic’s poor repairs) caused the collision.
- Another identifiable road user caused your crash.
Perhaps a lack of signage at a construction site failed to warn drivers of a hazard. Maybe the city or state didn’t adequately maintain roads or lights, playing a role in the crash. Perhaps the same issues were at play but on private property, leaving a property owner responsible for a premises liability issue.
Whatever the factors are in your case, we can assess your legal options and recover what you need to rebuild your life.
What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident with a Negligent Driver
After suffering harm in a Bradenton collision, you may wonder: “What should I do now?” These considerations could bolster your case and help you navigate the post-accident aftermath:
Report the Collision to Law Enforcement and the Insurer
You are required by law to report an accident to the police (Florida Statutes § 316.027). You should also report the incident to your insurance company. This creates a record of what happened and can help set your case in motion.
Seek Medical Attention
We recommend seeking medical attention after suffering harm in a crash. For example, you may not feel the effects of a “minor” accident until hours or days later. Moreover, a low-speed collision isn’t necessarily harmless.
Florida Atlantic University (FAU) even found that low-speed rear-end crashes still cause high-speed head acceleration, resulting in whiplash. To promote your well-being, visit an emergency room, physician, or hospital.
We Can Help You Today with a Free Consultation
Almost a quarter of all crashes in Florida involve drivers who flee accident scenes, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). You are not alone in suffering this type of collision. You are also not alone in the fight for compensation.
The hit-and-run lawyers serving Bradenton at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can join your pursuit of justice and damages. Contact us today for a free case review.
We Can Help.