It is against the law to leave the scene of a car accident in Florida, and violators can suffer severe criminal penalties. Nevertheless, Florida is in the grips of an epidemic of hit and run accidents. According to Fox 4 Now, troopers in Florida are sounding the alarm bells.
The numbers are alarming. In 2018, the state saw 101,000 hit and run accidents. Over 10% of those accidents involved a serious bodily injury, meaning that the person likely needed immediate medical attention. Almost 200 of these hit and run accidents also involved a death.
If you saw a hit and run accident, you should immediately reach out to the police. Share as much information as you have, including a description of the vehicle and the direction it took off in. If you have even a partial license plate number, share that as well. The police have dedicated staff that investigate nothing but hit and runs, which is a welcome sign that the state is taking the epidemic seriously.
Why Do Drivers Flee?
Even though they know they could face criminal sanctions, many motorists hit the accelerator after a collision. Their reasons vary:
- Some lack insurance, so they do not want the victim to know their identity in case they sue.
- Some drivers are panicked themselves and flee out of fear or confusion.
- Some motorists could fear the criminal consequences of injuring someone if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Some drivers simply lack any empathy for the people they have injured.
Whatever their reasons, refusing to stop and render assistance is always wrong. Too many people on our roads are suffering serious injuries, including death, because of hit and run drivers.
Is Compensation Available?
If you were the victim of a hit and run, you can cover your expenses using the following:
- Tap your personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. Most people only carry the minimum $10,000 but that can help cover medical expenses.
- Use your underinsured motorist insurance to cover other economic losses, like lost wages.
- Use your health insurance, if necessary, to pay for medical care.
In the event the at-fault driver is found, you might be able to sue, especially if you have suffered a permanent injury.
Helping Hit & Run Victims in Miami
Motorists who injure innocent victims should be held responsible for their injuries. At Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, we have handled numerous car accident cases. For help with your case, or to discuss your options, call us today, 305-371-2692. We offer a free initial consultation.