Car accidents are sadly common on the busy streets of Miami and other cities in South Florida. With ever-increasing numbers of drivers distracted by food, passengers, cell phones, and other gadgets, everyone should be extra aware when in heavy traffic or other risky situations. If you are involved in an accident involving damage to a person or property, Florida law requires that you stop and provide certain information to the injured person or owner of the damaged property. Unfortunately, not everyone abides by this law.
The mother of a six-year child who was killed in a hit-and-run car accident on the Miramar Parkwayaddressed the public, pleading for anyone with knowledge of the tragic accident to come forward and provide the information to the police.
On January 9, 2013, one of the child’s male relatives led the child across the Miramar Parkway at approximately 8:30pm. The police report that while the child was crossing the Parkway, a sedan struck and killed the child and then left the scene.
Although no witness has come forward with specific identifying information regarding the vehicle or its driver, several people stopped at the scene of the accident or called 911 to alert the police of the hit-and-run crash right after it occurred. After investigating the scene and speaking to the witnesses, the police concluded that the car struck the child, lifting him onto the car’s hood. The driver then swerved several times, knocking the child off the car and ultimately running him over.
The death of any person is a horrible tragedy, particularly a young child as in this case. Hit-and-run crashes occur frequently in areas that have busy highways which are also frequented by pedestrians. National Highway Traffic Administration studies have shown that as many as 1 in 5 pedestrian deaths were caused by hit-and-run accidents.
In Florida, the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury, death, or property damage is required by law to stop and give certain information — including name, address, and the registration number of the vehicle — to the injured person or owner of the damaged property. Florida law treats the failure to stop and render aid and information as a felony when the accident involved personal injury or death. Although criminal sanctions are certainly appropriate in these cases, the civil system is the means by which a victim may be compensated financially.
If you or a loved one was injured in a hit-and-run or other vehicle accident, you may be eligible for monetary compensation for the cost of your medical treatments, pain and suffering, lost wages, resulting disabilities, and more. Florida law protects victims of car accidents and it is in your best interest to contact an experienced attorney who can help you select which legal remedy is the best option for you.