Hit and Runs Pose a Risk for All Floridians
Statistics gathered from the past five to ten years indicate that the number of hit and run accidents has skyrocketed in Florida. In fact, Florida Highway Patrol leaders say they investigate some 20 to 25 cases per day. That is an increase of 100% or more in just five years. Sadly, politicians and police forces worry that the law may push drivers to flee the scene rather than staying and seeking assistance for the victim.
Some drunk drivers leave the site of the accident for fear of jail time. The law currently states that if a drunk driver kills someone, he or she will get a minimum four-year sentence. On the contrary, if law enforcement cannot prove the driver was drunk because the blood alcohol level had gone down in the hours following the accident, there may be no minimum sentence.
Though it may seem hard to believe, the jail time for a hit and run accident can sometimes be mere months. In some cases, innocent pedestrians, bicycle riders, or motorists in other vehicles are left with deteriorating health. A lack of immediate medical attention can result in permanent damage or even death.
A new bill that is on the cusp of being passed into law would change those consequences. Offenders would get a minimum of four years in jail for leaving the scene of an accident in which someone is killed or seriously harmed. They would also lose their license for three years and need to take an approved driving course in order to ultimately regain their driving privileges.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run accident, be sure to contact us for a free consultation right away. We’ll help you seek justice.