Leaving the scene of an accident, also known as hit-and-run, is a serious offense in Florida. This is especially true when the accident involved a fatality. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, three out of every five roadway fatalities involving pedestrians in Florida are hit and run accidents. Hit-and-run involving death is a first-degree felony… Read More
A hit-and-run accident is any car crash where someone leaves the scene of the accident. It doesn’t matter if the crash was a minor one with no injuries, or even if it wasn’t your fault. If you leave the scene of an accident before reporting it to the police, you could be charged with hit-and-run.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are common. We have gathered some of them on this page from local and national news sources. All sources are cited in the articles.
Most of the time, a personal injury lawyer will only be called in to help with a hit-and-run accident by the victim, not the one running away. Hit-and-runs are difficult to get full compensation from, but there are options. All motorists are supposed to carry personal injury protection coverage, which will cover up to $10,000 of medical and repair expenses.
Additionally, you can purchase uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Insurance companies treat hit-and-run drivers as a driver with no insurance. You may have to purchase separate coverage for property damage and bodily injury depending on your insurance provider. Your health insurance may also have coverage for auto accident injuries, though this depends on the policy. A personal injury lawyer can go through your policy and see what is covered.
The best-case scenario for getting full compensation is if the police find the other driver. Most courts and insurers will automatically assign fault to a driver that flees because of their negligence.
So don’t give up hope if you’ve been hit by a hit-and-run driver. Contact Chalik Law to learn about your options. You may still be able to get adequate compensation.
The United States Constitution gives the states the right to regulate certain functions not covered by federal law in Article Ten of the Bill of Rights. One function that is regulated by the states is driver’s licenses. All fifty states require that drivers have a valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle on roadways…. Read More
A recent study indicates that Florida ranks among the deadliest places for pedestrians and bicyclists. It also ranks fairly high in deadly hit-and-runs, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study. Florida ranks in the top three for the highest per capita rates of fatal hit-and-run accidents, alongside New Mexico and Louisiana. According to… Read More
Florida has followed the lead of many states in enacting what is known as hit-and-run laws. These laws state that when a driver is involved in an accident, every vehicle involved is supposed to stop and exchange information and contact the police. When there are injuries, they are also required to render aid or contact… Read More
Florida has laws that govern what a person should do in the event of an accident. Even if there is just minor property damage, they are required to stop and exchange information with the other driver. Deciding to flee the scene may be something that happens when a person is scared or acting on instinct,… Read More
Any driver involved in a crash should stay at the scene, even if they feel they may face charges related to the accident. In Florida, leaving the scene can result in criminal penalties on top of any traffic violations. Leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage is a misdemeanor and can result in… Read More
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Florida statute has provisions requiring that a person involved in an accident causing property damage, injury, or death stop and exchange information. They are also required to render aid to those who are hurt. Failure to do so is charged as leaving the scene of an accident, sometimes called hit-and-run. The penalties for hit-and-run depend… Read More
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The Sun-Sentinel reports on a Broward County prosecutor arrested for DUI and hit-and-run. Last Tuesday, a Broward County prosecutor was arrested after Florida State Patrol troopers said that he rear-ended one vehicle and side-swiped another on Interstate 95 Tuesday night. 37-year-old Alim Babayev, was found walking northbound on Interstate 95 just south of the Oakland… Read More
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Posted on Dec 15, 2010 A University of Miami student was hit and killed by an SUV early Sunday morning. The student was crossing a street on campus. According to police, 19-year-old Taylor William Emmons, a sophomore at the University of Miami, was trying to cross San Amaro Drive outside of the Sigma Chi fraternity… Read More