Hit and Run Accidents
Florida law treats hit-and-run accidents very seriously, imposing criminal penalties on anyone in an accident that results in injury or death and does not stop. This is true even if the driver might not have been criminally liable for the accident itself. Fleeing the scene of an accident is negligent in and of itself. A driver who commits a ‘hit-and-run’ accident is liable for injuries and other damages caused by the accident, and injured persons may have the help of Florida’s criminal justice system to seek compensation for their injuries. A skilled and experienced Florida hit-and-run accident lawyer can evaluate and assess your damages and protect your legal rights.
Florida’s motor vehicle statutes specifically require a driver involved in an accident where someone is injured or killed to stop and render aid to any victims, regardless of whether the driver was at fault in the accident. The driver must share contact and vehicle information with other people involved or injured in the accident, and with law enforcement too. The driver must also render whatever aid that he or she is capable of offering. This duty is especially important when an accident involves multiple vehicles. A failure to stop, as Florida law requires, is a criminal offense punishable by a fine, a prison sentence, or both. Criminal penalties under this statute are independent of any criminal liability that a driver might have for causing an accident or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Hit-and-run accidents present a difficult problem for people who are injured. If the driver who is at fault in the accident flees the scene, the victim will not immediately know who is to blame for their injuries. Police investigations can be helpful in this process, as well as an auto accident attorney with experience investigating claims.
The driver’s liability is no different than in any other vehicular accident. Drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians to obey traffic laws and drive safely. Breaching this duty of care by causing an accident can make a driver liable for the injuries they cause by their accident. Damages can include lost wages from time away from work as a result of injuries, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and compensation for an injured person’s pain and suffering. A driver who violates the legal requirement to stop and render aid after an accident only adds to their potential legal liability for the accident.
People injured by hit-and-run drivers may also face the problem of a lack of insurance. The driver who flees the scene may not have insurance, or the injured person may not be able to get information on the driver’s insurance coverage. A lawyer with experience in investigating accident claims is indispensable in this situation.
The Deerfield Beach injury attorneys at Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. represent people in the Palm Beach and Broward County who have been injured in automobile and other vehicle accidents. Contact the firm through this website, or call us at 954-428-9333 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.