Orlando Hit & Run Lawyer
Leaving the scene of an accident or hit and run crimes have increased in Florida. No one wants to be in a car accident and most people avoid them at all cost – even if that means leaving the scene after an accident. The number of hit and run accidents in Florida has been steady in recent years. Most hit and run accidents resulted in property damage, and over 180 people were killed in 2015 due to hit and run accidents. There were more than 19,000 injuries resulting from hit and run accidents, with more than 1,200 of those resulting in serious bodily injury.
Hit and Run: Laws and Consequences
The potential consequences of leaving the scene of an accident vary depending upon the damage and injuries. A minor accident that results in no injury will be handled as a misdemeanor but an accident resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of the party could result in mandatory incarceration.
Florida Statute Section 316.027 and Florida Statute Section 316.061, governs hit and run accidents and the different ways you must comply with the law if you are involved in an accident with a person or property. These statutes also state that you must provide your name, address, registration information, and driver’s license to the owner of the property. However, if the owner is not present and cannot be located, you are required to report the accident or crash to a law enforcement agency and provide your name, address, registration information, and driver’s license number. Depending on whether the accident involved another person or property, the consequences will vary. Nonetheless, you may receive from 60 days in jail up to 30 years imprisonment, as well as fines and the revocation of your driver’s license. Because of the serious consequences you may face if involved in a hit and run accident, it is best to seek legal representation to see if there are possible defenses for your case.
Need Legal Advice?
If you have been accused of a hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident you need to speak with an attorney. Even if you have not been arrested but are being investigated for leaving the scene of an accident, contact us before you speak with law enforcement.
Hit and run accidents affect many people. If you or a loved one have been involved in a hit and run accident, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice and representation. Contact Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law at 407-377-0150 for a Free initial consultation. We can help you determine the best possible strategies for your case. Contact our Orlando law office today.