Florida near the top of the list for fatal hit-and-runs

A previous post on this blog talked about how the number of deadly hit-and-run accidents has been increasing across the country in a trend that can rightly be called disturbing.

For its part, Florida ranks near the top of the list of states for the frequency of fatal hit-and-run accidents. Per 100,000 residents, the number of deadly hit-and-run accidents averages over 1.0. By contrast, states with a relatively low rate of such accidents experience less than .5 fatal hit-and-runs per 100,000 residents.

These types of accidents often present difficult legal issues for the families of victims who want to get compensation for the loss of their loved one. Despite their best efforts, police are rarely able to apprehend a driver who chooses to strike a pedestrian, or bicyclist, and then take off from the scene of the accident.

On average, an arrest is made in only 1 of every 100 hit-and-run cases. Even when a hit and run results in a death, the culprit still manages to escape responsibility two-thirds of the time.

This does not mean, however, that grieving families are left to deal with the financial fallout of losing a loved one, especially if that person was a wage-earner. As this blog has explained on previous occasions, even if the driver cannot be identified, there may be other ways to pursue compensation on behalf of the family.

Of course, having to take this route only adds a layer of complexity to a difficult legal situation that families are expected to navigate in an already difficult time for them. For this reason, getting the help of an attorney is often the right move.

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