In addition to giving immediate first aid or calling for emergency medical personnel, other actions police take in the immediate aftermath of a hit and run accident include:
- Conducting interviews with drivers, passengers, and witnesses to compile a description of the hit and run driver and vehicle
- Conducting a thorough search of the accident scene and surrounding area to locate the driver and vehicle
Police may also take other steps in pursuit of a hit-and-run driver, like securing video footage from traffic cameras. An attorney can explain what police may do in a hit-and-run accident investigation and how this investigation might impact your claim for financial recovery.
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Hit and Run Drivers Face Severe Penalties
What police do in a hit and run accident may lead to the identification and capture of a driver who fled the scene. When that driver is identified and charged, they face penalties, imprisonment, and fines that can include:
- Second-degree misdemeanor charges, 60 days of jail time, and $500 in fines for causing property damage during a hit and run accident
- Third-degree felony charges, loss of driving privileges, potentially five years of jail time, and $5,000 in fines when victims endure physical injuries
- First-degree felony charges, loss of driving privileges, between four and 30 years of jail time, and $10,000 in fines when the hit and run accident results in death
Speak to an attorney from our firm to understand the next steps you can take to pursue the hit-and-run driver who was responsible for the accident you were involved in.
All Drivers have a Duty to Share Information After an Accident
Police officers take hit-and-run accidents seriously. They also take many different actions to attempt to locate drivers who flee from the scene of a vehicle collision. When car accidents occur, all drivers have a duty to give information and render aid.
Information of this kind can include:
- Addresses; and
- Insurance company contact information
Staying on the Scene After a Hit-and-Run is Important
When drivers do not stay at the scene of an accident, Florida defines this as a hit-and-run accident. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that the number of hit and run crashes across Florida remains steady. Although property damage is the common outcome of these cases, it can be dangerous, causing costly injuries and people’s lives.
This fact prompted FLHSMV to launch its “Stay at the Scene” campaign to encourage all drivers to do their part in keeping the roads safe. The effort also aims to teach motorists about the responsible thing to do should they find themselves in a hit-and-run accident.
Pedestrians are also at Risk for Hit and Run Accidents
Not all hit and run accidents involve cars; they also can involve people. Motor vehicles commonly strike pedestrians, so it can be risky for people who walk near the streets and roadways. If a motor vehicle did not stop after hitting you, call for prompt medical help as well as law enforcement.
If you can see if you remember what the vehicle looked like or its license plate number. A police officer can run the vehicle’s plate number through the system to see if they can get a match on the car in the accident. Witnesses also may be able to help you with the details to give to the police officer for an official report. You can also meet with an attorney from our team to see what your legal options are. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, it may be able to help you recover your medical bills and other losses in your pedestrian accident.
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Discuss Your Hit-and-Run Accident Case with Our Legal Team
A car accident is a frightening and frustrating experience. Those feelings can lead to additional stress when the other driver leaves the scene since their flight can leave you believing you have no options for recovery.
The critical things police do in a hit-and-run accident—and especially in its aftermath—can assist you and your attorney in identifying the at-fault driver. You deserve to be compensated for expenses related to your car accident and for the damage or loss of your vehicle. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at (954) 525-0050 to discuss your case with a member of our team today.