Florida Hit-and-Runs Cause Serious Consequences for the State
FL- Dailycommercial.com reports that there have been a staggering number of hit-and-run crashes in the state since the beginning of 2018. In total, there have been a reported 102,756 crashes involving a driver who flees the scene. While many of these accidents involve property damage only, there have been 21,511 reported injuries, and 215 deaths caused by hit-and-run drivers in that same time period.* Of course, even the crashes that do not cause injuries may have serious economic consequences.*
According to an officer from the Sarasota Police Department, drivers who leave the scene of an accident are likely intoxicated, driving without a valid license, or have a warrant out for their arrest. Drivers who leave the scene are taking a serious chance of facing aggravated charges.
Fleeing a crash scene is illegal, even if the person who leaves was not at fault. In Florida, a person who flees the scene of an accident that only caused property damage can face up to 60 days in jail, if caught. Fleeing the scene of a fatal crash can lead to a mandatory minimum sentence of four years in prison and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Police say that investigating these accidents can be challenging. Even in cases where the vehicle involved is located, the officers must be able to show who was actually driving at the time of the crash. Police urge witnesses to report to the authorities when they see a hit-and-run crash. Often, witnesses are the only way for police to track the culprit down through descriptions of the vehicle, driver and tag number. For the victims, catching the perpetrator is an essential part of closure and sometimes the only way to recover financially for injuries sustained in the collision.
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