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Hit and Run Accidents

A Hit and Run Accident Lawyer can help you when you’ve been involved in an accident where the other driver fled the scene without providing the necessary information to help you with an insurance claim.

Hit and Run incidents are painfully unfair to the victims who were likely involved in an accident through little to no fault of their own. Oftentimes, victims struggle while pursuing their insurance claims and face a difficult task attempting to locate the other driver. However, damages can still be claimed even if the other is never found and identified

A Hit and Run Accident Attorney will be able to help you navigate insurance companies and Florida Law to help bring you justice and compensation, even if the other driver is potentially never found. St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas are familiar with these accident claims; in 2017 there was a shocking 98,000 hit and run crashes.

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Top Tier Hit and Run Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been involved in a Hit and Run accident, then Personal Injury Attorneys, Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas can help you recover for the damages you have suffered.

McQuaid & Douglas are both partners at Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. and are recognized by their peers, courts and the community as premier lawyers in Personal Injury Law. The Law Firm, Battaglia Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. has been providing exceptional legal assistance to the Tampa Bay area for over 60 years and is ranked by US News and World Reports as a Tier 1 Law Firm.

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Hit and Run Law in Florida

Under Florida law, leaving the scene of an accident (better known as “hit and run”), is the failure to remain at the site of a crash and fulfill statutory duties when the accident involves death, bodily injury or property damage. The duties vary depending on the type of incident, but in all cases, the driver must provide the following to victims and/or law enforcement after stopping the vehicle immediately:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Driver’s license information

Types of Hit and Run

Bodily Injury or Death
Hit and Run cases can include injuries or fatalities. It typically happens when a car hits another car or pedestrian, drivers then panic and attempt to avoid responsibility. The law states a driver should:

  • Stop their vehicle as soon as possible
  • Provide the necessary information
  • Provide law enforcement the details requested
  • Provide ‘reasonable assistance’ to anyone who requires medical treatment

Property Damage
Property Damage Hit and Runs are when a driver makes contact with another vehicle or object, causing damage to property. It’s often parked cars, bicycles or property barriers. The driver is obligated to leave a note with their information. Failing to do so, could later result in an arrest.. A driver must:

  • Stop their vehicle as soon as possible
  • Provide their necessary information
  • Provide law enforcement the details requested
  • Provide ‘reasonable assistance’ to anyone who requires medical treatment
  • Locate the property owner and carry out the above steps, or leave an easy to find, clearly written note with driver’s name and address and the registration number of their vehicle

What Compensation can you claim in a Hit and Run Car Accident Case?

As with any personal injury claim, the compensation and damages you may be able to recover vary depending on the specific circumstances of the accident. Typically a Hit and Run Attorney can help you recover:

  • Past and Future Medical bills and expenses (Since the time of the accident and onward)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Missed wages and loss of earning capacity
  • Property Damage Costs

A Hit and Run Lawyer will be able to thoroughly analyze your situation and determine your costs for the past, present and future. They will recognize sometimes overlooked damages, to make sure you receive the full compensation you deserve.

What happens if The Hit and Run Driver is Never Found?

It can be incredibly frustrating to have been a victim in an accident and not be able to pursue damages against the liable person. An attorney will always strive to help locate the hit and run driver as they obtain all the necessary evidence. But sometimes, the culprit can be just too hard to track down.

If this is the case, you may be able to gain compensation from your own insurance company. If your insurance coverage includes uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, then you may be covered in a Hit and Run case. If you were a pedestrian, you may have to work with multiple companies including health insurers and homeowner’s policies to find insurance coverage.

Insurance companies are tough to deal with and have no intention of easily handing over money. A high-quality Personal Injury Lawyer can successfully handle these insurance companies and get you the compensation you deserve.

Hit and Run AttorneyWhat happens if the Hit and Run Driver is Criminally Prosecuted?

If the hit and run driver is later found and then criminally prosecuted, then you will most likely be able to file a claim with their insurance company. Timing is critical in these situations and a Hit and Run Attorney will know exactly when to act for the optimal outcome.

What is the deadline to make a claim?

All injury claims in Florida are subject to the ‘Statute of Limitations’ deadline. This deadline requires that all negligence lawsuits are filed four years after the accident which caused your injuries, and two years after the time of a fatality.

While recovering from their injuries, victims often push aside claims and legal matters. Time can easily pass and drag out, which may cause cases to run into problems involving the applicable Statute of Limitations. A Hit and Run Attorney will avoid this scenario by acting quickly and efficiently, removing the pressure placed on you that may cause time to be wasted.

What to do if you’re in a hit and run accident?

After an accident where the other driver has left the scene, it’s important to stay calm despite your anger so you can gather any evidence to help you with your claim. After receiving any necessary medical attention, remember to do the following:

Contact Law Enforcement
If you are able, contact law enforcement immediately and make an accident report.

Record Information
Write down anything you remember about the driver and their car; such as the driver’s appearance, car model, plate number, color and direction of movement. Also note the time, date and location.

Take Pictures
Take pictures of your car, the accident and any injuries you may have received.

Speak to Witnesses
If there are people around who saw the incident, speak to them if possible. Ask for their name and contact detail, and a description of what they saw. Any details they remember could prove pivotal in your case.

Hire a Hit and Run Attorney

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a Hit and Run accident, you are probably angry and desperate for answers. St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys McQuaid & Douglas can provide you with dedicated, personalized and professional assistance to help you tackle the tough insurance companies and help maximize the compensation you deserve.


I was involved in an accident in Bradenton, not even the St. Pete area! I was hit by a large truck, injured and my truck totaled! Mr. McQuaid was extremely helpful, from everything to follow ups, keeping me informed, making sure I had what I needed. He definitely looks out for his clients and has their best interest in mind! He made me feel very comfortable, and was genuinely concerned with my health and well being! He even went over and above a few times to help me! His staff is just as professional and helpful as he was! I give him and his staff a standing ovation! Thank you for all your help and everything you did to help and take care of me and my case! I know who I'm calling with any future issues that I need handled in a prompt and professional manor! Thank you again for all your help!read more
Sister Sara
15:15 19 Sep 19
I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law firm.read more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not disappoint.read more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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