Tampa Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
Florida Hit & Run Accidents
In Florida, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, or “hit and run,” is defined as the failure of a driver to remain at the site of a vehicle crash, when the crash at issue involves death, bodily injury, or property damage.
From year to year, Florida has seen the amount of hit and run crashes remain steady, with nearly 25 percent of all crashes involving a hit and run. Although the majority of hit and run crashes only result in property damage, hit and run crashes can be deadly.
According to Florida Statute 316.061, the driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to another vehicle or other property, the driver has a responsibility to remain at the scene. In an instance where a driver has hit a parked car in a parking lot or parking garage and cannot locate its owner, the driver has a duty to leave a note stating their full name, address, driver’s license number and license plate number.
2nd Degree Misdemeanor
Failure to do so is a second-degree misdemeanor offense, punishable by a $500 fine and up to 60 days in prison. Per Florida Statute 316.062, the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death has a duty to give their information and render aid to those who are in need. Drivers are required to give their name, address, and vehicle registration number. If requested, a driver may also have to present their driver’s license or driver’s permit.
Injured in a Hit & Run Accident
Florida Felony Hit & Run
When a Florida hit and run causes bodily injury, the penalties for this type of felony crime include license revocation for at least three years, up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. If the collision results in a fatality, in addition to license revocation for at least three years, this first-degree felony offense adds a mandatory minimum of four years in prison with up to 30 years sentenced and a $10,000 fine.
What To Do After A Hit And Run
When a driver leaves the scene of an accident, you may be tempted to chase after them, but don’t. Not only will you be putting yourself at risk in a high-speed chase, but you endanger other drivers, passengers and pedestrians in your haste.
Instead, contact law enforcement and emergency services, and
- Gather the names and contact information from any witnesses at the scene
- Record information about the vehicle that hit you, including the model, make and license plate number
- Document the date, time and location of the incident
Our main office is located in Trinity, FL (Pasco County), but we handle cases throughout the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida.
FAQ – Tampa Hit & Run Attorney
Can I sue the hit and run driver?
Most likely yes. Your attorney will conduct an investigation to gather evidence on the driver. This may include obtaining surveillance footage from local businesses, witness statements, and other means of identifying the hit and run driver.
How much does a car accident lawyer cost?
Personal injury attorneys typically work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless you win.
What if I was also at fault?
Even if you bear some of the fault in the accident, there may still be a possibility for you to recover monetary damages from the at fault, hit & run driver. Call our offices today.