Miami Hit and Run Car Accidents
Hit and run cases are situations involving a vehicular accident where the driver causes the accident flees the scene, leaving an individual harmed or severely injured. The state of Florida enforces strict penalties on those who cause hit and run accidents.
Did you know that there were over 70,000 hit and run accidents in the state of Florida in 2012 alone? State agencies like Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol have taken strict enforcement measures to prevent hit and run incidents. Unfortunately, hit and run accidents still occur.
Many believe that hit and run accidents are the result of natural human instincts. Once a driver realizes he or she has potentially harmed or severely injured another person, their first instinct is to evade the punishment. However, while emotions and morals are what guide a person, a driver who chooses not to stop their vehicle after causing an accident is rather a ‘choice’ that is based on morals.
Morality aside, most of the fatalities that result from vehicular accidents can be prevented if the victim is provided with immediate medical care within a short span of time following the accident. In fact, if drivers causing vehicular accidents took the time to tend to an injured individual, not only does the victim has a higher chance of recovery and survival, and charges aren’t likely to be as severe if the situation is truly deemed as an “accident”—meaning there is no evidence that the driver was under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or was driving recklessly—and the driver stopped to ensure the overall safety and care of the victim.
Florida state law mandates an individual involved in a car accident to stop, provide assistance to the injured, remain at the scene of the accident until a law enforcement officer arrives and gathers proper information and details on the individuals involved and the occurrence of the accident.
If an individual convicted of a hit and run car accident doesn’t abide by the above laws, the punishment can be as severe as thirty years in a state correctional facility and/or a fine of up to $10,000 for someone who leaves a scene of an accident involving the death of an individual.
Florida state laws also involving insurance require licensed drivers to carry insurance against uninsured and under-insured motorists. Insurance should also cover the damages sustained from a hit and run car accident. As with most cases related to insurance, insurance companies generally don’t provide adequate compensation to victims of hit and run accidents, which increases the likelihood and need for a hit and run car accident attorney.
Over the years we have helped victims of hit and run cases receive proper compensation and settlements they deserve for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured or have suffered property damage due to a hit and run car accident, don’t hesitate in calling us to take advantage of a free initial consultation.