While the thought of fleeing the scene of an accident is completely foreign to most motorists, the fact remains that there are over 33,000 hit-and-run accidents across the country each year. In many Florida hit-and-run accidents, an accident victim’s injuries are worsened by the fact that they were not able to receive the medical treatment they need in a timely manner. The result is that many hit-and-run accident victims suffer serious injuries.
After someone has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, they may be entitled to monetary compensation from a variety of sources. If police are able to locate the hit-and-run driver, the accident victim can pursue a Florida car accident lawsuit against the responsible driver. However, in some cases, the at-fault driver eludes authorities.
When police are unable to locate a hit-and-run driver, the accident victim may still be able to recover for their injuries through their own insurance policy. Under a policy’s underinsured/uninsured motorist provision, a hit-and-run accident victim can file a claim against his own insurance company as though it was the at-fault driver. Of course, the insurance company may reject the victim’s claim, in which case the victim can then file a personal injury lawsuit in hopes of getting a court to compel the insurance company to pay out on the victim’s claim.
Police Arrest Hit-and-Run Driver After Fatal Accident
Recently, police arrested a man after he was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Trinity, Florida. According to a recent news report covering the accident and subsequent arrest, the collision occurred at around 2:30 in the afternoon.
Evidently, an eastbound vehicle ran through a red traffic light and collided with another northbound vehicle. After the initial collision, two other westbound vehicles were struck. The driver of the northbound vehicle that was the subject of the initial collision was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
After the accident, the eastbound motorist who had run the red light fled the scene in the vehicle. A passenger in that car also left the scene on foot. However, police later located both the driver as well as the passenger. The driver was arrested and faces several felony charges for his role in the fatal hit-and-run accident. The passenger was also arrested for drug possession and fleeing from authorities.
Have You Been a Victim of a Florida Hit-and-Run Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated South Florida personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Cecere Santana have decades of collective experience representing victims in a wide range of Florida car accident cases, including hit-and-run accidents. To learn more, and to speak with an attorney today about your case, call 800-753-5529 to schedule your free consultation. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
See Additional Blog Posts:
South Florida Accident Involving Dump Truck Claims Two Lives, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, May 3, 2018.
Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested Two Years After Fatal Accident?, South Florida Injury Attorneys Blog, published April 19, 2018.