The Impact of Hit and Run Accidents
CBS Tampa Bay recently reported that the Traffic Homicide Unit of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the fatal hit and run of a pedestrian in Fort Meade, Florida. The preliminary investigation by authorities revealed that the victim, who remains unidentified, was likely walking or standing in the outside lane of southbound US 17 when he was struck in the early morning crash that occurred around 4 am on a weekday morning. Unspecified evidence found at the scene of the collision indicates that the vehicle involved, which did not stop, may be a commercial vehicle. Authorities are hoping to hear from the public with any tips about the commercial vehicle, the accident itself, or the driver they’d like to identify who has been described as a Hispanic male of approximately 60 years of age.
Understanding Hit and Run Accidents
A hit and run accident occurs any time that the person who caused the crash leaves the scene. While any kind of car accident involves some level of shock and devastation, hit and run accidents are even more stressful because the other driver isn’t around to deal with the aftermath. Generally speaking, there are two ways in which a hit and run crash could occur which are:
- You are not present and your vehicle is stationary. In some cases, a driver isn’t present when the crash happens – this typically happens when a car is parked in a parking lot or on a street. In this circumstance, the other driver should try to find you or leave a note with their contact and insurance information.
- You are at the scene of the collision. Whether you are a pedestrian or a motorist, being involved in an accident itself can have more severe implications than discovering your vehicle has been damaged in your absence. In addition to property damage, you may suddenly be faced with figuring out how to afford medical bills, recover from injuries, and survive financially if you have to miss work.
Most importantly, you should understand that Florida law requires you to stay at the scene of a collision if you suspect that you have been involved in it in any way. Any time that the person who caused the crash leaves the scene, he or she has committed a crime.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Hit and Run Car Accident?
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run driver, it is imperative that you understand that you may have a legal right to monetary compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, and future care and treatment. As the experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm, we are here to advocate for you and protect your rights. We sympathize with what you have experienced and we offer knowledgeable legal advice for victims of car accidents. Contact us today so that you can begin obtaining the help you need.
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