Whether they are driving cross country on a vacation road trip or merely commuting to and from work, most people in Florida do not expect that today will be the day they are involved in an auto accident. Unfortunately, no one is immune from the fact that some drivers will fail to uphold their duty of care. Whether it is due to speeding, a failure to yield or running a red light, auto accidents happen to people in the St. Augustine area every day.
Some of these crashes are minor, causing vehicular damage, but have no injuries or fatalities. However, other crashes are much more serious. Therefore, motorists in the Sunshine State should know what their legal obligations are should they be involved in a collision that causes injury or death.
Under Florida law, if a motorist is involved in an accident that injures or kills another person, they are required to provide the other party with certain pieces of information. This includes providing the other party with their name, residential address, and also their vehicle’s registration number. Also, motorists involved in accidents that injure or kill another person must provide the victim with reasonable assistance. This might include taking or arranging for the victim to be taken to the hospital if needed or requested by the other party.
This also means that, to stay within the confines of the law, a driver involved in a crash cannot flee the scene of the accident. While there are criminal penalties associated with hit-and-run accidents, once the hit-and-run driver is located, they could face a lawsuit as well. Therefore, victims of hit-and-run accidents should not feel like their situation is hopeless. Through an investigation and public awareness, it is possible to track down a hit-and-run driver, so that the victim can pursue legal action if appropriate.