Hit & Run Accidents in Tampa, Florida
– By your Tampa Injury lawyer, Martin Hernandez
Leaving the scene of an accident is commonly known as a “hit and run” and in Florida, this is a serious crime under Florida Statutes § 316.027. The law states that if a driver is involved in a car accident, they are required to immediately stop and stay at the scene of the accident. It is illegal to flee the scene without providing your name, address, insurance and other information. Believe it or not, it is not required to call law enforcement.
The two key parts of a “hit & run” or “leaving the scene” crime includes:
- Being involved in an accident with a vehicle, building, structure or any type of property belonging to another person; and
- Purposefully leaving the scene without providing the necessary information to the property owner.
Just because the owner is not present does not mean you can leave. It is required under law to report the accident and provide your information even if the owner of the property is not present.
Duty to Render Aid
There is also a duty to render aid when you are in an accident. If any other party is injured, a driver in the accident is required to stop, provide their information and then render assistance to the injured person. This could include transporting the person to treatment or making arrangements for treatment if needed. If a person is killed in the accident, a driver is required to report the accident as quickly as possible. Not rendering aid can also lead to consequences of the driver under law.
The reasons that drivers may choose to flee the scene include:
- Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving without a valid license
- Trying to avoid jail or the fines and costs after an accident
- Not realizing that they were involved in the accident
The reason for fleeing does not necessarily matter, the consequences are the same regardless and the injuries are just the same.
There are serious penalties for hit & run accidents and you deserve compensation from the responsible party.
However, when people try to leave the scene of the accident, it is not recommended to take matters into your own hands. In the streets of Miami, the other drivers took matters into their own hands and tried to smash out the windows of the other car. Now, by doing this, the other party has a good defense of “necessity” or “safety.” Then you need to call law enforcement. Take pictures of the driver and license plate to aid law enforcement, but let them go.
The law firm of Martin Hernandez PA can assist you in investigating your case and recovering damages for your injuries, medical costs, lost income and any other hardships the accident has brought about. Our Tampa injury attorneys have years of experience in helping injured victims and we can help. Contact Martin Hernandez PA right away to schedule your free consultation!
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