Although the state legislature is looking to repeal Florida’s no-fault law, it is still in effect. This means that the first $10,000 in compensation is made through the victim’s PIP insurance. Since 25% of all accidents in Florida are costly hit-and-run accidents, what happens when the injuries and damages come to more than $10,000?
You can choose to file under your uninsured motorist coverage if you have it on your policy. You can also file for coverage under your health insurance. If the police can catch the driver who fled, you can sue the driver for the damages over your PIP coverage.
My Sun Coast reports that the driver who was involved in a Sarasota hit-and-run crash has been sentenced to five years in prison, nearly one year after the crash was caught on camera.
25-year-old Zachari Brock was sentenced on Friday, January 31st to five years in prison. The sentence stems from two separate felony charges: leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license.
The crash occurred on February 28, 2019 at around 7:45 a.m. in front of the Lantern Inn & Suites at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Pearl Avenue.
Brock, who was behind the wheel of a Kia Sedona, made a left turn into the path of the victim, 19-year-old Jackson Kelley. Kelley attempted to swerve out of the path of the van, but the van hit the left rear of the Audi A3. The Audi flipped several times, coming to a rest in the hotel parking lot.
Kelley suffered from critical injuries, including traumatic brain injury.
The Florida Highway Patrol impounded the van on March 1, 2018. They arrested Brock on March 2nd.
Kelly spent three weeks in the ICU following the accident. Kelley was a high school senior at the time of the accident, he now attends State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.