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.
A bicyclist in nearby Jacksonville died after an unknown motorist hit him. According to reports, the motorist fled the scene of the accident and has not been identified.
Most residents of St. Augustine probably know that if they are involved in an accident, it is illegal to leave the scene. Still, some people may choose to leave the scene anyway for any number of reasons. Even if a driver leaves because of honest fear, leaving the scene can, unfortunately, leave a victim holding the bag with respect to medical bills and lost earnings, even though the accident was not the victim's fault.
A chain reaction accident on Interstate 295 left one person dead. Police say that one driver fled the scene of the accident. However, it was not clear whether that driver was responsible for causing the accident.
Most residents of Florida will be involved in a car accident at least once in their lives. When this happens, they usually rely on their insurance companies to get them back on the road as quickly as possible. One's own insurance can be especially important following a hit and run accident. If the victim of the accident suffers a serious injury and the responsible driver cannot be found, then the victim will have to rely on their own insurance company to compensate them.
A driver who negligently hits a pedestrian or another motorist but refuses to take responsibility and instead drives off commits a crime under Florida law.
When a person in Florida causes a car accident, they must stay at the scene of the crash until police arrive. Unfortunately, too many people do not do so, even if the crash is a serious one involving injuries or fatalities. This is a real problem that is especially affecting pedestrians.
It can happen in a split second. One minute you are driving down the road safely, when out of the blue, another car swerves into your lane. To avoid being struck by that driver, you end up veering off the road, striking a fence, tree, or, even worse, another motorist. Then, the driver who caused you to take evasive action simply flees the scene. These types of accidents are referred to as phantom driver accidents, and they can differ in numerous ways from a typical two-vehicle crash in Florida.
Imagine this: you are taking a quick trip from your home to the store to buy milk. You stop at a red light when you are rear-ended by an inattentive driver. Your car is seriously damaged, and you're pretty sure you've suffered some injuries that need medical attention. However, instead of staying at the scene of the crash to at least exchange contact information, the other driver hits the gas pedal and speeds away. Hit-and-run accidents like these, according to recent statistics, may be on the downswing, but it is still a serious issue that deserves our attention.
When a motorist is in a car crash, certain steps are usually taken. The motorist will call for medical help, if necessary, call for the police to make an official report and exchange insurance information. While no one expects when they leave their homes that they will be involved in a car accident, the fact of the matter is that many people in St. Augustine are involved in car crashes every day.