A St. Petersburg couple was enjoying an evening stroll along Coffee Pot Boulevard in January when they were struck by a black pick-up truck. The driver of the vehicle, Timothy Michael Deacon, had been drinking, and did not stop to help nor did he call for help. Gloria Mastell was hurled into the water by the collision and died at the scene, while Roger Wurr was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Timothy Deacon faces charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury, careless driving, driving with an expired license, and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. For the victims and their families though, these charges bring little consolation.
Make them pay
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, you likely feel an overriding sense of injustice. However, you may be able to get compensated for your injuries and losses. Here are some tips for getting what you deserve:
- Witnesses. In many cases of hit and run, another pedestrian or motorist saw the incident and can help track down the culprit. An experienced attorney can help you find the witnesses.
- Personal injury. If you own a car and have personal injury protection coverage, you can claim up to 80% of your medical costs from your insurer, and up to 60% of your lost income, up to a maximum of $10,000. Whether you were walking or driving at the time of the collision, you can file a claim with your own insurer.
- Negligence. As well as claiming from your own insurer, if you manage to track down the responsible driver, you can sue for the remainder of your medical costs, future medical costs, and lost income. In certain cases of gross negligence by the driver at fault, you may also be able to claim punitive damages, which can significantly increase the compensation awarded in the jury’s verdict.
Get the right assistance
If you are a victim seeking compensation from the responsible driver who caused a hit and run accident, you need the help of an experienced auto accident attorney that knows how to get the best possible result. Arrange a consultation with an experienced Bradenton auto accident attorney.