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Hit-and-Run Driver Sought After Injuring Two in Tampa
Police are looking for a driver of a blue 2019 Nissan Rogue believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run around 9:45 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019. Witnesses say that the Nissan struck a Toyota Sienna Van being used as a taxi to transport a 91-year-old man. The van sustained significant damage, and both the man and the driver of the van were taken to AdventHealth with significant injuries.
Police posted a picture of a blue 2019 Nissan Rouge similar to the one involved in the accident, except that there will be significant damage to the one involved. Police are also offering a cash reward for information and are asking anyone who knows of anything or witnessed the incident to call them at 813 247-8200. They can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).
When a driver involved in an accident flees, it creates a higher risk for anyone injured in an accident. This is because if anyone involved in an accident is uninjured, then they are able to call for help and even administer first aid to the victim.
In today’s world people have cell phones, and if anyone else is around, then they can also call for help, but this can’t be relied upon in every case. In some cases, any delay in getting help can mean the injured person’s chance of survival goes down or their injuries might become more severe.
Injuries at Further Risk in a Hit-and-Run
There are many types of injuries that can happen in a hit-and-run with some putting the victim at higher risk of death or more serious injury. They are:
- Neck Injuries: Neck injuries need to be stabilized quickly and delays might cause more problems.
- Deep lacerations: Any loss-of-blood injuries can put the victim in danger if first aid is delayed.
- Punctured Lungs: Broken ribs can lead to a punctured lung which can deprive a person of their ability to breath and get oxygen.
- Heart Attack: The stress of an accident can cause a heart attack, and a quick response from EMS can make a difference.
- Pregnancy/Delivery: An accident can put a pregnant woman into labor, and the quicker the response, the more likely there will be a good outcome.
Can I be Compensated for a Hit-and-Run?
Also, when a driver flees, the victim is often left to face the financial burden without compensation unless he or she is found. However, there are some resources that someone might be able to use to compensate them for their injuries if the driver is never found:
- Medpay: This is a provision that drivers can get on their own policy that will pay for medical bills regardless of who is at fault or who is injured so long as the insured or their vehicle is involved.
- Personal Injury Protection (PIP): This works similar to medpay, but it pays medical bills and other damages like pain and suffering and loss of wages. It also pays out regardless of who was injured or at fault so long at the insured or their vehicle is involved.
- Uninsured/Underinsured: Most insurance policies have uninsured/underinsured provisions that will pay those covered by the policy for all personal injury damages if the other driver is underinsured or has no insurance. This can include when a hit-and-run driver is never found, so long as they were at fault in the accident.
Florida Auto Insurance
Florida law requires every auto insurance policy to have PIP which would cover damages and losses stemming from a hit-and-run car accident. Since PIP pays for medical bills also, Florida drivers do not need to get medpay.
Florida does not require motorists to have uninsured/underinsured, but most drivers carry this as it as a small add-on charge and can provide compensation in cases of a hit-and-run. However, the insured must ask specifically for this coverage.
Do I need an Attorney for a Hit-and-Run?
If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run, you need to talk to an auto accident attorney who can evaluate your circumstances and find all sources of compensation for your injuries. Don’t wait around for the other driver to be found, act quickly and get the right advice.
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