Hit-and-run accidents are a serious concern in Florida and elsewhere. Some drivers may feel scared about getting into legal trouble when they’re involved in a crash, leading them to make the poor decision to flee the scene. Not only is this illegal, but it can also be deadly for others involved in the crash.
Everyone involved should remain at the scene
The Florida High Patrol recently held a press conference to reiterate how important it is to remain at the scene of an accident. Even if there are no injuries, it is a crime to leave the scene. When someone is injured in a hit-and-run, the person who flees may be charged with a felony. Plus, it’s essential that those injured in motor vehicle accidents receive medical treatment as quickly as possible. Delaying treatment because one flees the scene and doesn’t call 911 may result in any injured parties dying.
When one is at fault in a motor vehicle accident, the urge to run in hopes of preventing criminal charges may seem instinctive. But fleeing the scene only creates more legal trouble for the person involved. When an accident happens, drivers should remain calm, call for help and remain on the scene until law enforcement tells them they are free to leave.
The dangers of hit-and-run accidents
Many people are killed in hit-and-run accidents each year. Tragically, some of those people may have been able to recover from their injuries if the party responsible stayed at the scene and called for help. Victims of hit-and-run accidents, or their surviving family members, have the right to seek financial compensation when a serious accident occurs. A Florida attorney can provide guidance on the next steps to take in filing a lawsuit against the driver deemed at fault.