West Palm Beach Hit and Run Lawyer - The good, the bad and the ugly
There is a certain risk anybody has when going out on the road. You never know whom you will encounter. With so many commuters getting on and off the streets at different times, there will always be an interesting mix of personalities. The drive can go as leisurely as possible or it can be hurried due to the fast pace of the traffic. You might experience some motorists giving way or impatiently honking their horn at you. Just always be prepared because like the random people on the road, how they respond to mishaps will also differ.
Immediately following an accident it would be ideal if everyone would politely exchange pleasantries, wait for a police officer to make a police report and provide each other with contact as well as insurance details. It may not happen all the time but fortunately, these things actually do take place. The inconvenience caused is easily ironed out and the people involved quickly settle back into their daily routine without any complications.
There is also the opposite side of the coin.
It is one where the parties to the incident do not see eye to eye on the matter. They fight verbally, physically and most likely legally. This would usually entail a lot of negative emotions, hassle, and drama that nobody really needed to be a part of. Such misunderstandings could have probably been avoided had both parties remained calm, kept an open mind and listened. Then again, not everyone is like that. Given the circumstances of the situation that they were involuntarily subjected to coupled with their disposition at the time it happened, there is really no telling how a person would react.
Regrettably, there are those who would not even try to resolve the problem and take off at the first sign of trouble.
These are the hit and run drivers. They are probably one of the worst motorists on the road. Without even going into the reason why they got into an accident in the first place, it is common courtesy to stop and take responsibility for an accident where they are involved. There could be someone injured or dying who is in dire need of help because of the unfortunate incident that they brought about. Had they stopped and taken the time to provide the urgent assistance required, the victim could have survived.
Nothing to say, something to hide
Hit and run drivers are usually intoxicated or have no legal right to be on the road. For those that are drunk or high, it is easy for them to exit the scene along with their responsibility attached to it. This could be but a reflection of their current state of mind, an escape from reality. Sadly, some of these perpetrators might not even remember the harm that they have caused. They would probably only realize that something happened when they sober up. Seeing the damage on their own car or injury to themselves, they would probably wonder what went on while they were not mentally present.
Those that are illegally driving a vehicle might have an expired or no license.
This as most motorists are quite aware of, can have certain legal repercussions. Hit and run drivers under this category could have had previous traffic offenses that caused their license to be suspended or revoked. Unfortunately, they decided to get behind the wheel anyway.
Someone who is avoiding the expenses that go with being in an accident is likely to leave without warning. He does not want to bear or cannot afford the responsibility. It could be because of the lack of insurance coverage, money or simply refusing to be accountable.
Even if they could afford to pay for the accident they caused, there are hit and run drivers that still refuse to do so because of other reasons. They could be hiding drugs in their car, carrying illegal firearms or other things that can put their freedom in jeopardy. Celebrities have also been known to flee from a car crash. Hoping that they could preserve their image by concealing their identity. Sometimes, people are just plain scared to face up to the unfortunate incident. Whatever may be the reason, owning up to an accident should be first and foremost on people’s minds.
Catch up and find that driver
Since the identity of the culprit is unknown, it would be quite difficult to ascribe liability. It does not mean however that he cannot be located. Our firm at Lichtblau & Goldenberg has expertise in handling such matters. We have a group of specialists that can comb through the Internet for blogs, random comments on websites and social media for anything related to the incident. CCTV recordings and other means required that will pinpoint the identity or whereabouts of the hit and run driver will definitely be used.
Should the offender be able to escape detection, you will still have legal recourse. Due to PIP laws in Florida, anyone involved in an accident can receive financial compensation. The amount might not be on the same level as what could have been collected through a personal injury claim though at least there is something available under the law.
Contact us today if you would like to get started on finding the person responsible for your injuries or damage to your property. We have been servicing the West Palm Beach area for over five decades. Our personal injury attorneys are among the most skilled practitioners in the industry. Dial 561-863-9100 and receive legal assistance that can only be experienced with Lichtblau & Goldenberg.