Drivers on the Run

There are drivers who will flee the scene on the run after causing an accident. If you are involved in an accident and the other driver runs away, please do not try to chase after, as this can only cause more problems and danger for other drivers, pedestrians and yourself.

Rather, call the police and ambulance immediately if necessary. Also, try to gather information about the other vehicle, there may be witnesses or security cameras in the area of the incident.

With this information, your insurer and the authorities can open an investigation to locate the hit and run driver. For better results in terms of compensation for the crash, seek advice from an accident lawyer, who will always act on your behalf.

Being the victim of a hit and run does not affect your compensable items. That is, the damages the escaped third party is responsible for that can be claimed as compensation.

Figures published by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) show an increasing number of such accidents in the state. In 2013, there were 78,661 accidents in which the driver fled; in 2014, 85,241; in 2015, 94,456; and in 2016, 99,004.

The FHP state statistics did not include a breakdown of the figures between 2013 and 2016 for each of Florida’s 67 counties, but show that Miami-Dade in 2016 had the highest number of such accidents with 19,087 cases.

Do not be the one who flees from an accident scene. Rather help identify potential deserters, and work with the proper authorities. In case of being a victim of a hit and run driver, contact a lawyer immediately to help protect yourself after an accident.

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