Tallahassee Teen Slowly Recovering after Hit-and-Run
Almost four months have passed since the November day when Jacqueline Faircloth, an 18-year-old Tallahassee resident, was struck by a car while she was crossing the street near Florida State University. The driver fled from the scene of the accident, but was later apprehended.
Under the close care of her mother, the teenage victim is slowly recovering. She is finally able to fully open her eyes, though she is not fully aware of her surroundings. She can answer simple questions with the help of an iPad, as she cannot speak, but the process is slow and laborious. Each week, she is improving bit by bit.
Terrifying accidents like these, every parent’s worst nightmare, happen all too often. On top of the extreme stress of being involved in an accident, the process of being made whole again can be complicated and frustrating. Laws and policies that are in place to ensure that victims are properly compensated for medical expenses, pain, and suffering caused by unscrupulous or incompetent drivers often do not go far enough.
Florida law relating to auto accidents aims to ensure that the losses suffered by injured parties are provided for. The Motor Vehicle No Fault Law requires most drivers to carry personal injury protection to cover medical, surgical, funeral, and disability benefits, regardless of who is at fault in an accident. However, the law does not usually force drivers to purchase “bodily injury” coverage. Because of this, a driver who causes an accident may not have insurance to cover the injury caused to the other party. The law also sets some limits on how much an injured party can recover for other non-monetary damages, including pain, suffering and inconvenience that they experience, unless particular circumstances are shown to have existed during and after the accident.
In order to recover the losses that you or your loved one has suffered, an experienced attorney can first help you evaluate your case. A personal injury case must include the following elements: negligence, damages, causation, credibility, and financial capacity of the responsible party. Negligence is also called carelessness, and you and your lawyer must show that the driver who caused the accident did not carry out his duty to drive carefully. Damages or losses usually come in the form of destroyed property or bodily injury, or both. They can also include non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. You must also establish causation, or that the damages that you have suffered were in fact caused by the accident, and did not exist before. Credibility is of the utmost importance throughout the process of showing that negligence, damages, and causation are all present in your case. Finally, in order to successfully recover for your accident and its impacts on you, the other driver must have some way of paying for your losses.
Tallahassee Legal Assistance For Hit-and-Run Victims
If you or your child has been the victim of a hit-and-run vehicle accident, you deserve to be made whole again. The driver who caused the accident should be made to compensate you for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and psychological trauma. The Tallahassee and Southern Georgia personal injury attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks can help argue your case so that you can move forward with your life after the accident. Call us at (866) 346-4186 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation on your auto injury matter.