Coral Springs Auto Accident Attorney Discusses Hit and Run that Killed Pedestrian

May 13, 2011
By Ryan Hutson, Esq. on May 13, 2011 12:14 PM |

Palm Beach County police are investigating a hit and run accident that killed a pedestrian close to Boca Raton on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Guadalupe Corrizales was struck by an Infiniti G35 sedan. The driver has not been charged and his name has not yet been released. According to investigators, the vehicle was speeding.

The above story is another catastrophic case of an irresponsible driver crashing into an innocent victim, and then fleeing the scene. According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report, there were more pedestrian accident fatalities in 2010 than in the previous four years. The report, which contains statistics for accidents nationwide, shows that Florida had the second largest rise in pedestrian deaths in the country.

On many occasions, such as the story cited in this blog, hit and run accidents are responsible for causing pedestrian injuries and deaths. According to a USA Today report, the number of deaths resulting from hit and run accidents has gone up by 20 percent since 2000.

This is precisely what uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is for. Family members and relatives should be able to collect under the family's underinsured/underinsured motorist coverage for the victim of this horrific accident. Many times persons who flee the scene do so because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Other times they flee the scene because they're doing something wrong, such as speeding.

Oftentimes these "speeders" have little or no insurance coverage. Don't be caught without adequate insurance coverage.

If you are the victim of a hit and run crash, that is where your uninsured motorist coverage comes into play. Even if you never find the vehicle that fled from the scene of the collision, your uninsured motorist coverage will cover you for damage caused by a car or other motor vehicle that flees the scene. Tip: purchase uninsured motorist coverage at least equal to your bodily injury limits. We also recommend that you purchase stacking coverage if you have multiple vehicles in your household. This will multiply the amount of coverage that you have available to you if you are in one of these "stack" cars at the time of the car crash. If you do have multiple vehicles, you can stack the coverage of all the vehicles in the household for any resident relative, most of whom will be covered in such an incident.

If you or a family member has been injured in an auto accident, contact a Coral Springs auto accident attorney with experience handling motor vehicle accident cases including hit-and-run, pedestrian accidents, single vehicle accidents, multiple vehicle accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Our attorneys understand the emotional, physical and financial impact that results from being struck by a negligent driver, and will fight to obtain justice for you. Call us today for a free consultation at 954-255-7000 or toll-free at 1-877-853-7466. We are located in Coral Springs, located between Dade and Palm Beach County, 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, and 30 minutes from Miami.

Ryan Hutson, Esq. is a Coral Springs personal injury lawyer handling accident and injury cases for Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A. The firm's founder, Dan Irving Cytryn, is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer handling personal injury cases in Coral Springs and the surrounding areas for 30 years. He has received a 10.0 rating on Avvo, a lawyer rating service, which is the highest rating given for a lawyer. He is also rated the highest ability and ethics rating, "AV", by Martindale Hubbell, a company rating lawyers for more than 100 years.