If you were involved in a crash and the other driver fled the scene, you may not know how to proceed. If you believe the at-fault driver was drunk and you or other witnesses observed him driving erratically, it’s important to know how to protect your rights to fair compensation.
The Danger of Drunk Driving Hit and Runs
Drunk drivers may flee accident scenes because:
- They don’t realize they collided with a bicyclist, pedestrian, or other motorist. The intoxicated driver may be unaware of the crash and drive away without knowing that an accident happened.
- They are scared of being caught driving while intoxicated or breaking another law. Drivers may be afraid of DUI charges and penalties. Additionally, drivers on a suspended license or driving without insurance coverage may be worried about what will happen to them if they stay at the accident scene.
A Florida Lawyer Can Help You Protect Your Rights
Drunk drivers who cause an accident and leave the scene are not often adept at covering their tracks, and the police often find them. When found, the driver may be charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of a crash, and other crimes. Additionally, you will know the driver’s identity, so that you can pursue a civil car accident case.
Sometimes, however, the police fail to find the driver. In that case, you need an attorney who is able and willing to do the investigation for you. Attorney Coy Browning is a former Florida State Trooper and a practicing DUI injury attorney. He will take the necessary steps to find the driver who hurt you and pursue a full and fair recovery for your accident injuries.
Your recovery could include compensation for past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Additionally, if a drunk driver left the scene of your crash, you may be able to recover punitive damages.
Call the Browning Law Firm today for a free consultation if you have been hurt in a hit-and-run accident anywhere in the Florida panhandle. We will do everything we can to help you, and we won’t recover any legal fees unless your case is successful.