A 53-year-old Lake Worth man suffered serious injuries when his moped was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. According to a news report in The Sun Sentinel, the hit-and-run accident occurred on West Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach. Witnesses say the 52-year-old female driver tailgated the moped driver and struck him. He suffered serious injuries and was put on life support. She was told to return to the crash site by the witness, but instead fled the scene. She was arrested later that day in Lake Worth for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injuries.
In Florida, drivers who are aware that they have been involved in an accident must remain at the scene. Under Florida Statute 316.061, drivers are not allowed to leave a crash site without first providing the name, address, registration information and driver’s license. Under Statute 316.027, drivers involved in an injury accident must stop immediately, exchange information and render reasonable assistance to the injured victim.
Drivers who leave the scene of an injury accident in Florida can face third-degree felony charges punishable by up to five years in a prison and $5,000 in fines. Furthermore, they can be held liable for the damages they cause. If the at-fault driver is found, he or she may be held accountable for the accident.
A hit-and-run driver can be held financially responsible for losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, the cost of rehabilitation and other related damages. However, not all hit-and-run drivers are apprehended. In such cases, victims may be able to use their own insurance to recover some of their financial losses. This is why it is crucial that all Florida drivers secure uninsured motorist coverage.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a hit-and-run crash, please make sure you research your legal rights and options. A Florida personal injury attorney at Farah & Farah will review the circumstances of your case and help you get the financial support you need and rightfully deserve.