On February 15, 2016, at approximately 2:22 a.m., a 36-year-old Riverview woman was allegedly heading north on Interstate 275 on the Howard Frankland Bridge. At that time, a 43-year-old man was standing outside of his Ram truck, which was parked on the outside shoulder. As the female driver’s Volkswagen passed the truck, the front of her vehicle struck the man and killed him. The female driver then fled the scene, parking her vehicle at the Crown Plaza Hotel near the Westshore Mall. According to the St. Petersburg Police Department, a tip was called into the agency around 9:00 p.m. on Monday after which time the female driver was arrested in St. Petersburg.
Florida Hit-and-Run Statistics
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides that although the majority of Hit-and-Run crashes result only in property damage, more than 180 people were killed in hit and run crashes in 2015. The Department further provides:
• In 2015, there were more than 92,000 hit-and-run crashes in Florida.
• There were more than 19,000 injuries resulting from hit-and-run crashes, with over 1,200 of those involving serious bodily injury.
• Vulnerable road users are particularly at risk. In fact, there were 186 hit and run fatalities in 2015, over half of which were pedestrians.
• Approximately one out of every four pedestrian crashes resulted in the driver leaving the scene.
• Under Florida law, a driver MUST stop immediately at the scene of a crash on public or private property which results in injury or death. Article XXIII, section 316.061 of the Florida statute provides: “The driver of any vehicle involved in a crash resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such crash or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to, and in every event shall remain at, the scene of the crash…”
• In 2015, 18-27 year-olds received over a third of all hit and run citations issued, 70 percent of which were written for males.
Who is Liable After a Hit-and-Run Accident in St. Petersburg?
Usually, the reason you purchase automobile insurance is to provide coverage in case you are liable for injuries or damages to a third party after a car accident. In a hit-and-run accident, you do not know the identity of the other driver or any information regarding their insurance. In that instance, your own insurance coverage may be the only choice for obtaining compensation for injuries and damages.
Florida PIP Insurance
In the state of Florida, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage pays for medical expenses and lost wages for anyone who has been injured in a car accident. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, you could probably make a claim under the PIP coverage in your own policy. The state requires $10,000 in PIP benefits. This coverage will ensure that 80% of the medical bills will be covered.
St. Petersburg Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Uninsured Motorist Coverage can be obtained through your own insurance company. The coverage is elective and allows the victim of an auto accident to receive compensation if they are injured by an uninsured vehicle that caused the accident. Uninsured motorist coverage is a contractual agreement between an insurance company and their insured. According to most policies, the carrier will compensate for injuries, pain, suffering and mental anguish caused by an uninsured driver.
St. Petersburg Automobile Accident Lawyers
Victims of hit and run accidents need the help of an experienced hit and run lawyer that can help them get them the best settlement from their insurance company. As in most cases of insurance claims, the insurance company will only pay the bare minimum and will often offer a quick settlement to resolve the issue. Having an experienced auto injury attorney on your side can make a large difference in the amount of financial compensation that you receive. If you or someone you love has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, it is important to speak to a St. Petersburg automobile accident attorney. Contact Dolman Law Group today at 727-222-6922 to schedule your free legal consultation with our firm and learn more about seeking monetary compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim.
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