What are the Rights of an Injured Biker / Motorcyclist in Hit and Run Accident Victim in Florida?

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In Florida, hit and run automobile accidents happen far too frequently.   When there is a “hit and run” accident, the injuries are often times quite serious.  The reasons for leaving the scene of an accident can vary from “I was drunk” to “I did not know that I hit anything.”  Typically, a driver will flee the scene to attempt to avoid responsibility or liability for the automobile accident.  It is not only against the law to leave the scene of an automobile accident involving injuries – it is also quite dangerous for the injury victim.  Any delay in getting treatment for the injured biker or motorcyclist can put the victim in danger and at risks for further injuries and even death.

Local Hit & Run Accident

A recent hit and run accident was reported in Nocatee, Florida which is located in St. Johns County, Florida.  The accident took place on Preservation Trail near Crosswater Parkway.   It was reported that the driver of the Honda CRV fled the scene of the accident with a motorcyclist operated by Bruce J. Scott who resides in Atlantic Beach, Florida.  The injuries sustained by Mr. Scott were described as serious in nature.  You can read more about this accident at Hit and Run Accident Reported in Nocatee, Florida – Motorcyclist Suffers Serious Personal Injuries. 

When a bicker or motorcyclist is injured as a result of a hit and run accident, the injured biker or motorcyclist may have a claim or case for injuries.

Motorcycle Accident Victim May Pursue Compensation Through:

PIP (Personal Injury Benefits) – In Florida, PIP coverage for motorcycle policies is optional. For those who have PIP coverage, PIP will pay for 80 % of the medical bills reasonably related to the automobile / motorcycle accident.

Med Pay (Medical Payment Benefits) – Med Pay works similar to PIP except Med Pay is secondary to PIP coverage.  Med Pay is also an optional type of insurance coverage.  In other words, some have the insurance coverage and some do not have the insurance coverage.

BI (Bodily Injury Coverage) – If the at fault driver or owner of the at fault vehicle is identified, a claim can be pursued under the BI coverage for the medical bills not otherwise covered by PIP and Med Pay. Furthermore, a claim can be pursued for pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

UM (Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Benefits) – UM benefits are also optional.  If the motorcyclist or biker has this coverage in place, UM may cover medical bills not otherwise covered by PIP, Med Pay, or Bodily Injury.   UM benefits can further cover pain and suffering type of damages.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Protecting Your Rights

You can also read more about the traffic rules and regulations in Florida at Florida Traffic Rules and Regulations – Frequently Asked Questions.  This information is posted on the Wood, Atter & Wolf website.  Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is a law firm based in Jacksonville Florida that has represented injury victims and their families for over 50 years. At Wood, Atter & Wolf, we are On Your Side – At Your Side.

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