If you or a loved one has ever been involved in a hit-and-run accident, you know how traumatic the experience can be for all parties involved. The scene stays in your mind forever and you will constantly ask yourself if there was something different that you could’ve done.
If you’ve never had this experience before, we hope that you never do. But, it is always best to be informed and educated on the subject, so that if you are ever do find yourself in this position, you will know what to do.
A study by AAA Foundation for Traffic and Safety found that Florida is among the top three states with the highest rates of fatal hit-and-run crashes.
In 2016, there was 99,004 hit-and-run crashes in Florida. On average, fatalities from hit-and-run crashes has increased 7.2 percent each year since 2009; which means, these numbers are continuously climbing.
As a state, we must come together and try our best to keep these numbers from rising anymore.
In an effort to reduce these disheartening statistics, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has dedicated the month of February to bringing awareness and education to Floridians about hit-and-run accidents.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a severe criminal traffic violation. We know how scary being involved in a traffic accident can be. Adrenaline is rushing through your body and your brain is scattered. Your fight or flight instincts start to kick in and leaving may seem like a decent idea; however, it is always a bad idea with lasting consequences.
Penalties for hit-and-run accidents in Florida:
Under Florida state law, if you are involved in an accident you must provide the following to the other party involved:
- Driver’s license
- Vehicle registration
If there is any property damage you must stop to check the extent of the damage to any property involved in the crash, including your own. We advise that you use your smartphone to take pictures at the scene. In addition, if the accident resulted in an injury or death to any person, you have an obligation to provide reasonable assistant and arrange for medical care.
The consequences of a hit-and-run crash are very serious. We understand how scary and confusing car accidents can be, which is why we want to help. Stay at the scene, notify all necessary parties and then call us.
It is crucial to have an experienced and qualified auto accident attorney on your side. The Crash Lawyers have your best interest at heart. We will fight for you and provide skilled legal representation for your case. Contact us today for a free consultation.