Things to Keep in Mind if You Are Involved in a Hit and Run Accident
As reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, a woman has recently been arrested and is facing criminal charges after fatally striking a pedestrian and leaving the scene of a hit and run accident. The 24-year-old victim was walking along North Dixie Highway when she was hit in the September evening incident. She was then transported by officials to Broward Health North medical center where she was treated for life-threatening injuries. The 32-year-old woman who allegedly fled the scene was spotted exiting a damaged 2016 Lincoln MKZ in the parking lot of an area business shortly after the collision before she was seen getting back in the vehicle and leaving the area. The victim, on the other hand, unfortunately succumbed to her injuries just two days after the fatal accident.
Why Would Someone Leave the Scene of an Accident?
Most importantly, recognize that no one leaves after a collision for any reason that could be beneficial to you. In many cases, a person leaves after indulging in drugs and/or alcohol because he or she knows that this is likely to result in criminal and traffic infractions. Instead of staying on the scene and possibly facing charges related to intoxicated driving, a driver who is under the influence may instead choose to leave the scene of an accident and deal with the aftermath later once he or she has sobered up. And unfortunately, impaired driving is not the only reason that someone might leave the scene. Other common reasons might include:
- Driving without a properly issued license
- Driving with a suspended insurance policy
- Trying to avoid an outstanding arrest warrant
Regardless of how justified a driver may feel in leaving the scene of an accident, the reality is that doing so is never a good idea. In addition to the fact that this can add to the chances of a personal injury claim ending unfavorably, the act itself is also illegal in most cases. Therefore, you should always wait for authorities to arrive prior to you exiting unless you are absolutely sure you were uninvolved in the collision.
Legal Advocates You Can Trust
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run driver, you may be entitled to recover past and future medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of future wages, pain and suffering, and other damages as a result of the accident. In order to accomplish this, however, you will need to be able to properly identify the negligent parties and ensure that you have the right evidence to support your claims. Obtaining the help of an experienced legal team that can review your case and help you make an informed decision on how to seek compensation for your damages can be invaluable. As the Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm, our experienced and knowledgeable legal team are the advocates you can rely on to see your claim through to success. Contact our office for a free review of your case so that we can personally discuss your legal options without any cost or obligation.
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