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Clearwater Hit and Run Accident Lawyers

Hit By a Driver Who Fled the Scene?

After an accident, all involved parties are required to remain at the scene until police and emergency services arrive. Failure to do so is a criminal offense called "leaving the scene of an accident," but more commonly referred to as a "hit and run."

If you hit by a driver who fled the scene, we invite you to contact a Clearwater hit and run accident attorney at Roman & Gaynor. Backed by 60 years of experience, we know the ins and outs of dealing with insurance companies and courts after hit and run accidents. Call us today for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.

Call (727) 877-1212 to take advantage of a FREE case review.

Know Your Rights After a hit & Run

Hit and run accidents happen all the time across the state of Florida, and they can seriously jeopardize the rights and well-being of injured victims.

Not only is fleeing the scene of an accident a criminal offense in Florida (particularly because it puts victims at risk of not receiving medical attention), it can also make for complications should an injured victim attempt to pursue a recovery of their damages, including the costs of any future medical needs, that arise as a result of the crash.

The unfortunate truth is that hit and run accidents frequently result in situations where injured parties are not able to hold the at-fault driver responsible for a crash.

This is because:

  • The hit and run driver was never found, or
  • The hit and run driver was located but did not have insurance.

These are the two most common scenarios victims face, and they can be detrimental to a personal injury case. In some cases, a driver who fled the scene may be located and may have enough insurance to cover a victim's damages, but it is not the norm.

Even if a driver is found and made to face criminal charges, victims need to know that this will not provide the compensation they need to cover their damages. Restitution may be available, but it will still likely not be enough to meet a victim’s needs.

Who Pays for a Hit & Run Accident?

Florida's no-fault auto insurance laws make it easier than in many states to recover compensation after this type of car accident. Rather than relying on the at-fault driver's insurance, each driver carries personal injury protection (PIP) insurance which covers you regardless of fault up to $10,000. This means that, even if police never catch the driver that hit you, you can still get insurance money to cover your damages.

However, PIP may not be enough to cover the total cost of damages from your hit and run accident. Many Florida residents purchase additional forms of coverage such as uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. This provides compensation for medical expenses caused by an at-fault driver who either doesn't have insurance or fled the scene.

Hit-and-run collisions involving property damage, personal injury, or wrongful death carry serious penalties in the state of Florida. In some cases, the court may order the at-fault driver in a hit and run accident (if identified) to pay restitution to the victim.

Florida Statute § 316.027(2)(d) explains:

"The court shall order the driver to make restitution to the victim [of a hit-and-run] for any damage or loss unless the court finds clear and compelling reasons not to order the restitution. Restitution may be monetary or non-monetary restitution."

Call Roman & Gaynor for Help

For more information about your rights after an accident, contact Roman & Gaynor to speak with a hit and run accident lawyer in Clearwater during a FREE consultation. We proudly serve clients in Pinellas County, Pasco County, and all surrounding areas.

We Have Recovered Over $95 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

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  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $95 Million Recovered for Our Clients
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  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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