When it comes to felony hit and run accidents, Florida is trending the wrong direction. According to a AAA news report, “Per capita, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes. Hit-and-run deaths in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009”. In Florida, a felony hit and run is defined as a motorist that leaves the scene of an accident and injury has occurred to a pedestrian or a vehicle occupant.
Florida’s Increasing Hit and Run Accidents
In March 2019, a Florida driver was arrested after a hit-and-run accident left a college student hospitalized with serious brain injuries. The 24 year old driver, Zachari Brock of Bradenton, is facing felony charges for driving without a valid license and leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury to another person. The young victim is facing traumatic brain injuries and will struggle to fully recover and enjoy the life he was living prior to the car accident. The crash was captured on surveillance video as Brock was seen driving away from the scene. An exhaustive criminal investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol finally caught up with him and took Mr. Brock into custody.
Penalties for Fleeing an Accident
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hit and run accident, you should know that it doesn’t matter who caused the accident. Once someone involved in a roadway accident leaves the scene without being identified, and especially when a person has been injured, the felony criminal fines can range between $5,000 and $20,000.
In addition to the criminal penalties, there is typically an automatic suspension or revocation of the person’s driver’s license. The Department of Motor Vehicles will also attach administrative penalties for leaving the scene of a car accident. Finally, other persons involved in the accident can sue for any damages or suffering they have endured by filing a civil law suit. This penalty can result in financial compensation for property damage, medical bills, and lost wages.
Contact Armando Personal Injury Law
Contact Armando Personal Injury Law at (813) 538-1589 or fill out our confidential contact form. We have offices in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Lakeland, Florida and we offer complete legal assistance every step of the way.