Hit and Run Accidents - What You Need to Know?
"Hit and run" accidents occur when a driver who causes a crash flees the scene instead of waiting for law enforcement officials or other first responders to arrive. Although a person who is involved in a motor vehicle collision is legally required to stop his or her vehicle as soon as possible and to identify him or herself, this does not always happen.
"The law of most states, including Florida, requires drivers to stop at the scene of an accident. Additionally, people who are physically able to do so should check on the other driver and passengers and call for emergency medical aid, if necessary. Law enforcement officials should also be notified, and the drivers should exchange information." says Dante Weston, attorney.
However, a hit and run driver may flee the scene due to a lack of insurance, intoxication, an outstanding warrant, or other reasons. Even though leaving the scene of an accident may result in criminal prosecution, it happens frequently.
Consulting a car accident lawyer may be an important step to take if you or a family member has been involved in a hit & run. An experienced attorney can guide you through the legal process of protecting yourself and seeking compensation for your injuries. The lawyers at Donaldson & Weston assist people in many areas of South Florida and will be glad to review your matter for no charge.