In 2015 alone, there were more than 92,000 hit-and-run crashes investigated in the state of Florida. Such crashes—up by nearly 7,500 from 2014—are an increasing problem that is being met with tougher penalties.
Governor Rick Scott signed a law last year that enhances the penalties for leaving the scene of a crash, making it a second-degree felony and requiring a mandatory minimum four-year sentence for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. Drivers who leave an accident could also have their license revoked for three years under the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act. If the driver was under the influence during a fatal crash, the law increases the mandatory minimum sentence from two to four years.
Leaving the scene makes the situation worse, not only for those who flee but even more so for victims left behind. It is crucial that all individuals involved in a crash, including witnesses to a crash, contact 911 and remain at the scene until help arrives. Law enforcement officials say those involved in an accident should call law enforcement, remain calm, get vehicle witness and driver information, and help the injured.
Hit-and-run crashes on the Treasure Coast
St. Lucie County Indian River County Martin County
2012: 599 2012: 254 2012: 376
2013: 616 2013: 308 2013: 406
2014: 896 2014: 230 2014: 437
2015: 985 2015: 453 2015: 504
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, your actions afterward will impact your ability to find the responsible party and collect the compensation you need. If the police are able to track down and identify the party responsible for your hit-and-run injuries, you can pursue a claim with his or her insurance company, or file a lawsuit. If the party responsible is not found, you will need to file a claim with your own insurance company. In either event, you can consult an experienced attorney for assistance in getting the compensation to cover your damages.
You deserve to have a powerful and proven Florida Personal Injury Lawyer defending your rights. Before you speak with an insurance company, contact me for a free consultation. I will make sure that you are not bullied or rushed into making a decision, and you will not owe anything unless I win your case. Don’t delay in contacting me today at any of my four offices in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, and Okeechobee. Call 866-460-1990.