It seems like every week we read in the paper or hear on the news about another hit and run in the greater Tampa Bay Area. A driver who doesn’t stop to help and accept responsibility for their part in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident commits an unspeakable act.
Under Florida Law, drivers have a legal responsibility to stop and exchange information following an accident involving personal injury or property damage. This responsibility is known as the ‘Duty to Give Information and Render Aid.’ A driver who leaves the scene of an accident with injury in Florida faces serious criminal charges.
Fleeing the scene of an accident implies there is something to hide. Maybe the person was driving drunk or had no insurance. No matter the reason, there is no excuse for failing to stop and exchange information at an accident. Hit and run accidents kill 1 in 5 pedestrian each year and leave the victims’ families helpless in trying to understand what happened to their loved ones.
While a hit and run accident is never the pedestrians fault, as a pedestrian there are some safety measures you can take to stay safe around motor vehicle traffic.
Top 7 Pedestrian Safety Tips Around Traffic
- Obey traffic signals
- Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street, even when in a crosswalk
- Watch for turning vehicles when crossing
- Remain alert and aware of cars as they approach and pass you
- Do not assume drivers see you because you see them
- When sidewalks are not present, walk as far away from the roadway as possible
- If walking at night wear retro reflective and light-colored clothing
Hit and run accidents are scary and involve a lot of uncertainty. During that stressful and difficult time it is important to make sure you are seeking adequate compensation for someone else’s negligence. At Jim Dodson Law, we are committed to holding irresponsible drivers accountable when they do not follow the law and risk the lives of others. If you ever need assistance or guidance after a hit and run accident, even if the driver was never caught or identified, do not hesitate to contact us.