Emergency Medical ServicesJacksonville, FL- If you have had the misfortune of being in a hit-and-run accident, you probably don’t know where to turn? You want compensation for your injuries, but don’t know where it’s going to come from.
Hit-and-run accidents are becoming more common in the U.S. and Florida. According to Insurance Journal, the number of fatal hit-and-run accidents in Florida in 2014 rose 23 percent. Overall, there were 80,000 such accidents in Florida alone last year. That’s a lot of people left wondering: Who is responsible for my medical bills?
Fortunately, victims of hit-and-run accidents don’t have to fret about their accident-related costs due to the state’s auto insurance laws. Florida is one of a dozen or so states with no-fault car insurance rules. That essentially means that, regardless of who is at fault for an accident, all injury and property damage claims are paid by each party’s own insurance policy. This contrasts with most states in which accident victims are allowed to file a claim against the at-fault party and their insurance company without having to make a claim with their own insurance policy. Traffic accident victims must recover their medical costs, property repair costs and lost wages from their insurer and can only sue for additional compensation if they can meet the serious injury threshold.
All Florida drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) to cover their medical and other accident-related expenses. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles requires motorists carry at least $10,000 in PIP protection. With the high cost of medical treatment, that is not very much injury coverage and accident victims can easily hit the limit of what their insurer will pay for so many Florida motorists carry additional coverage.
It’s is not unusual for an accident victim’s accident-related expenses to exceed the amount covered by their insurance policy. In these cases, an accident victim may find it difficult to get the compensation they need to cover their accident-related expenses. If you are the victim of a hit-an-run accident and suffered a serious injury but have met the maximum of your PIP policy, you should speak with an accident lawyer in Jacksonville, Florida. They can negotiate with your insurance company and possibly secure a larger settlement than you are being offered.
A hit-and-run traffic accident can turn your life upside-down, but you have rights to protect from financial ruin. The Florida personal injury attorneys at USAttorneys understand how important it is for you to obtain a just settlement that reflects the seriousness of your injuries and keeps you from drowning in debt. You can count on our team of attorneys to approach your case with devotion and tenacity so you have a successful claim.
When you need representation, USAttorneys can connect you with an excellent accident lawyer in Jacksonville to work on maximizing your accident settlement. Contact us today and we can connect you with an attorney who you can count on to fight for your best interests.

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