Let a Tampa car accident lawyer investigate your hit-and-run accident
Personal injury attorney Armando Edmiston knows how to help
If you’re searching for answers after being hurt in a hit-and-run crash, Tampa car accident lawyer Armando Edmiston can figure out how to get you the compensation you’re entitled to. Armando Personal Injury Law has secured millions for clients in Tampa and all over Florida. Discover what an experienced Tampa car accident attorney can do for you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.
When you’re involved in a car accident and the at-fault driver leaves the scene of the crash without stopping, trying to understand what needs to be done next can be confusing and overwhelming.
While there are different forms of car insurance coverage that may allow you to make a claim, trying to navigate the whole process and handle the insurance company by yourself can prove to be a tall task. That’s why hit-and-run crashes are considered among the most complex types of car accidents to deal with.
Whether you were injured in a hit-and-run car accident with another driver or got hit by a car in a pedestrian accident by someone who fled the scene of the crash, it’s important to remember that you have rights.
Tampa car accident lawyer Armando Edmiston has a firm grasp on Florida’s unique car insurance laws and can help you uncover the best way to maximize the value of your claim. Make the right choice and schedule your free consultation with our law firm today.
What do you do after a hit and run?
While getting hit by a driver who leaves the scene of the crash can be upsetting, try to remain calm so you can assess the situation. No matter what, do not try to chase or pursue the at-fault driver. Instead, do your best to remember everything you can about the person who was driving and the vehicle (e.g., license plate number, vehicle make/model, color) so that you can give a detailed description to police. You should then:
- Call 911 right away – If you or anyone else needs an ambulance, let the dispatcher know. Otherwise, tell the dispatcher you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident and answer all their questions so that police can try to locate the at-fault driver. Cooperate with police when they arrive and see if anyone who witnessed the crash is willing to stay and give a statement to the investigating officer. Be sure to also get the name and contact information of any witnesses.
- Gather evidence – Take detailed pictures of the crash scene and write down everything you can remember about the accident. Include time of day, location, and anything else you can remember about the collision that might be worth noting. If you have visible injuries, don’t forget to document them with photos too.
- Seek medical attention – Even if you don’t feel injured, it’s important to let a medical professional check you out as soon as possible. You may have serious and potentially life-threatening injuries and not even realize it. It’s also important to remember that the car insurance company could question the severity of your injuries if you wait too long to get seen by a doctor. For PIP claims, you are required by Florida law to seek medical care within 14 days of your accident.
- Notify your insurance company – You’ll want to begin the process of filing a claim by contacting your insurance company to let them know you were in an accident. Try not to go into too much detail and do your best to stick to the facts. If you’re pressured for more information, refer the insurance adjuster to your attorney.
- Contact a car accident lawyer – Attorney Armando Edmiston has the knowledge and experience to handle every aspect of your claim, including negotiations with the insurance company. Don’t settle for less than what you deserve. Get what you’re entitled to with help from our Tampa law firm.
How do insurance companies handle hit-and-runs in Florida?
There are different types of insurance policies that may cover some of the expenses from your hit-and-run, whether the at-fault driver is located by police or not. Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is mandatory in Florida and will pay for any medical expenses you incur as a result of your accident, up to policy limits (typically $10,000). Keep in mind that PIP does not pay for property damage or things like pain and suffering.
Optional forms of insurance that may cover certain expenses from your hit-and-run accident include:
- Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM)
- Health Insurance
Having insurance is one thing, but making a claim is a completely different ballgame. That’s because insurance companies are known for giving personal injury victims a hard time and pressuring them into accepting minimal compensation.
In an effort to pay you out as little as possible, the insurance company may question the severity of your injuries or claim you have a pre-existing condition. Don’t let them intimidate you. Let Tampa car accident lawyer Armando Edmiston deal with them.
Get the help you need with a Tampa car accident lawyer
When you’re injured and in pain, you can let our law firm handle every aspect of your claim so that you can focus on what matters most – your recovery. Tampa car accident attorney Armando Edmiston knows how to deal with the insurance company and will fight to make sure you get the payout you deserve. That’s because at Armando Personal Injury Law, our clients are family and we consider your problems our problems.
Best of all, we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. Simply put, that means you don’t have to pay us anything unless we win. It’s that easy. See how an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer can help you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.