When a driver is involved in a South Florida car accident, they are required by law to remain at the scene of the accident and exchange their driver’s license and insurance information with the other drivers involved. In accidents in which another person was seriously injured, a motorist may also have a duty to call 911 to ensure that the injured party receives timely medical treatment. A Florida hit-and-run accident results when a driver fails to remain on the scene and fulfill these duties.
By some estimates, hit-and-run accidents account for nearly 25% of all Florida car accidents. Through public awareness campaigns and the implementation of a strict set of criminal punishments for hit-and-run drivers, Florida lawmakers have made significant steps to curb hit-and-run accidents. However, the fact remains that instances of hit-and-run accidents still are high.
Victims of hit-and-run accidents may be able to obtain financial compensation for their injuries, regardless of whether the hit-and-run driver was located by police. This can be done through the uninsured-driver provision of a motorist’s car insurance policy. However, not all claims are accepted, and even when a claim is accepted, the amount offered by the insurance company may not fully compensate an accident victim for their injuries. In these cases, an accident victim should seek the assistance of a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney.
Hit-and-Run Accident Injured Two Motorcyclists
Earlier this month, an accident involving a car and two motorcycles resulted in two motorcyclists being seriously injured. According to a local news report covering the accident, the driver of the car ran into two motorcycles being driven by a husband and wife. The motorist then continued to run over one of the motorcyclists once she fell from the bike. That motorcyclist was taken to the hospital, where she was admitted with serious, life-threatening injuries. The other motorcyclist sustained minor injuries.
The driver who caused the accident fled the scene but was apprehended by police a short time later in a nearby parking lot. Police told reporters that these hit-and-run accidents are happening far more often than they used to happen, and drivers should remain at the scene of the accident, even if they believe they may have been responsible for causing the accident.
Have You Been Injured in a South Florida Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a South Florida auto accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled South Florida personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Cecere Santana Castrillon have represented thousands of South Florida auto accident victims. We understand that being involved in a serious accident is a traumatic experience, and we do everything we can to make the recovery process as streamlined and stress-free as possible. Call 800-753-5529 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated South Florida personal injury attorney to discuss your case today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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