Hit And Run Car Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/23/2017)

If you are the victim of a hit and run, police will work hard to track down the offender and attain justice. The state of Florida considers leaving the scene of an accident to be a serious crime. This is a bit of positive news for the very unfortunate situation a victim of a hit and run goes through. Further, even where there is only minor property damage, offenders can be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail. And where someone is injured or killed, the result could be a felony conviction and years in jail.

What are the Penalties for Hit and Run?

The punishment for leaving the scene of accident varies depending on the degree of property damaged or injury caused. In addition to increased insurance premiums and driver’s license revocations, a conviction can result in serious criminal penalties.

Property Damage

  • Where unattended property, like a mailbox or vacant vehicle, has been damaged, the offense for “running” from the scene is a second-degree misdemeanor carrying up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail. To avoid this charge the driver must leave a visible note with his contact information (name, address, phone, driver’s license, registration, etc.), and he must notify police.
  • Where attended property, such as an occupied vehicle, is damaged and the driver flees the scene, the penalties are the same: second-degree misdemeanor – up to $500 fine and 60 days in jail. To avoid this charge the driver must remain on the scene until he has exchanged contact information (name, address, phone, driver’s license, registration, etc.) with the owner of the damaged property, and police are notified.

Injury or Death

  • Where someone is injured and the driver willfully flees the scene of the accident, the offense is a third-degree felony and a fine up to $5000 and up to 5 years in jail. Where someone is killed in the accident the driver fleeing the scene faces a felony of the first degree and an up to $10,000 fine and 30 years in jail. To avoid these charges the driver again must remain on the scene until he has exchanged contact information (name, address, phone, driver’s license, registration, etc.) and police are notified.

Hit and Run Victim Options if the Person Cannot Be Found

Hit and run victims in Florida who are injured by a hit and run driver have an uphill battle if the other driver is not found. However, the victims of a hit and run accident have some insurance options through there own insurance (if previously purchased):

  • Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for medical bills
  • Collision coverage to fix or pay for your own vehicle
  • Medical payments (MedPay) for increased medical bill coverage
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage for monetary damages

Hit and Run Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one were involved in a hit and run accident in Florida, do not hesitate to seek the help and counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer. We are dedicated to helping injury victims hold negligent parties legally responsible and get the compensation that they need for damages associated with an accident. To make an informed decision about your specific legal problem, it’s important to be fully aware of your rights and options. Contact us and we will help you immediately.

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