Increased Hit-and-Run Accidents in Florida
Experienced Tampa Car Accident Attorneys for Hit-and-Run Victims
In 2015, there were more than 92,000 hit-and-run car accidents in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, those hit-and-run crashes resulted in the deaths of 186 people last year. More than 50% of those fatalities were pedestrians. Additionally, last year’s hit-and-run accidents caused more than 19,000 injuries, with over 1,200 involving serious bodily injuries.
Typically, drivers who leave the scene of an accident are often scared, impaired, have a suspended driver’s license, or have no car insurance. However, under Florida law, drivers must stop immediately at the scene of an accident which results in injury or death. Leaving the scene of a car crash is a felony and, if convicted, a driver will have his or her driver’s license revoked for at least 3 years and can be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 4 years in prison.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) states: “The most important thing a driver can do when they are involved in a crash is to remain at the scene and call for help. Staying at the scene will not only spare a driver significant legal penalties, but may save a life.” Drivers are encouraged to keep their eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving.
Capaz Law Firm – Tampa Lawyers for Hit and Run Accidents
If you or someone you know have been injured in a hit and run accident, contact the Tampa accident injury lawyers at Capaz Law Firm. Call us at 813-440-2700 for a free consultation regarding your potential accident claim and right to compensation.