According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, hit and run accidents involving fatalities increased 23% from 2013 to 2014. What's even more staggering is that 25% of all crashes are hit and run accidents. Leaving the scene of an accident involving a serious injury to a person is now a third degree felony. If someone dies as a result of the accident, it becomes a second degree felony. About half of hit and runs are pedestrian accidents.
Why Stopping After an Accident Is Important
When someone has been seriously injured in a car crash, getting prompt medical attention can often mean the difference between life and death. Therefore, it is viewed by many as a reckless disregard for human life when a driver fails to stop and give aid as required by Florida law.
Why Do Some Drivers Commit Hit and Runs?
A common reason that drivers leave the scene of an accident is that they have been drinking and want to avoid a DUI charge. Other hit-and-run drivers flee the scene because they are unlicensed or uninsured, have outstanding warrants, or they may be illegal aliens fearing deportation.
Our Attorneys Are Here to Answer Your Questions When You’ve Been Injured in a Hit and Run Accident in Florida
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident by a driver who didn’t stop, an experienced injury attorney can help you recover your losses resulting from the accident. Jim Dodson has been helping accident victims for more than 25 years. From his headquarters in Clearwater—and with additional offices throughout central Florida—Jim is equipped to meet with you in your home, the hospital, or doctor’s office if you’re unable to come to our office. If you have a specific question about your own circumstances and would like an answer right away, give Jim a call at 888-207-0905.