FOCUS AREA: BROWARD, PALM BEACH, MIAMI CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
PHANTOM VEHICLE (HIT AND RUN)
In Florida, there are an alarming number of hit and run accidents. Most of the time, if someone causes an accident and then leaves the scene – it is because they have no insurance, no license, or they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI). These drivers usually get caught and are held accountable. We work closely with the police to ensure that our clients cooperate and identify the other party so that we can recover restitution from the person after they are prosecuted. Also, in certain circumstances, we can make a claim with the State of Florida under the Victim Compensation Act.
If you have uninsured motorist coverage, you will be protected if you are involved in a hit and run accident. Your uninsured motorist coverage will protect you even if the other driver (phantom vehicle) is never found.
HIT BY DUI DRIVER
With the threat of punitive damages, we typically settle cases involving a DUI driver more quickly and for at least two times as much when compared to a non-DUI driver.
At O'Toole Law Firm the founding partners of the law firm began their legal careers as DUI prosecutors. Having this background and knowing the DUI laws, DUI judges, and DUI prosecutors allows us to fully represent our clients who were injured as a result of a DUI driver. We make sure to closely monitor the criminal case and ensure that your interests get noticed. Often times, a prosecutor does not act in the best interest of the victim and simply wants to resolve a case.
When we represent a client who was injured by a DUI driver, we make sure your interests are heard. As a victim in the state of Florida, you have rights. Click here for more information from Florida’s Victim’s Rights website.
You also have a right to be reimbursed by the DUI driver for any out of pocket expenses for deductibles, prescriptions, and rental car by the DUI driver as part of his punishment. We will go to court on your behalf to present these expenses to the judge and prosecutor and make sure the DUI driver is ordered to pay these expenses directly to our law firm. We make sure that the DUI driver is punished further if these expenses are not paid.
If the DUI driver has insurance that covers your pain and suffering, we will also make a claim for punitive damages. We have a tremendous amount of leverage when making a claim against a DUI driver. We will file a lawsuit and make a count for punitive damages if the insurance company is not willing to negotiate a fair settlement for our client. This causes the insurance company to panic and want to settle quickly.
CAR ACCIDENT LINKS AND RESOURCES
http://myfloridalegal.com/victims (Florida Victim Compensation)
As a victim of a crime in Florida, you may be entitled to receive compensation directly from the State of Florida. This website contains information and all the documents you need to make a claim.
https://fpc.state.fl.us/Victims.htm (Victim’s Rights in Florida)
You have an absolute right
www.kbb.com (Kelley Blue Book)
You can determine the value of your vehicle no matter what year, make, or model
http://www.dot.gov/ (Department of Transportation)
The mission of the Department is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
http://www.nsc.org/resources/issues/drivsafe.aspx (National Safety Council)
The National Safety Council serves as the nation's leading resource on industry trends, professional development, and strategies for advancing safety and health programs and practices. The Council is active in converting injury research and trends information into injury prevention education, training, consultation and advocacy leadership.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/ (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership.
http://www.iihs.org/ (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation's highways.
http://www.nozone.org/ (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – Smart Drivers)
The Share the Road Safely program strives to improve the knowledge of all highway users to minimize the likelihood of a crash with a large truck, and reduce the consequences of those that do occur. Explore this site to learn what you can do to stay safe, and keep your family safe, on the highway.
http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
http://www.iii.org/ (Insurance Information Institute)
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