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Number of Hit-and-Run Accidents in Florida Rises Again

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

The number of hit and run accidents in Florida has risen again for the second consecutive year.

Details about the Rise in Hit-and-Run Accidents in Florida

The Florida News-Press is reporting that a total of 92,623 crashes were reported in Florida in 2015. That total is nearly 9 percent higher than in 2014 and 17 percent higher than in 2013.

Preliminary figured from the state highway safety and motor vehicles department also show that there were more than 19,000 people injured in hit-and-run accidents across the state with 186 fatalities.

According to Florida Highway Patrol Captain Conner Cardwell, the most important thing someone involved in an accident can do is to stay at the scene of the accident and call the authorities for help.

Not only does staying at the scene of an accident spare the driver any major legal penalties, it may also potentially save a life. 

Statistically, bike riders and other pedestrians were the most vulnerable when it came to hit-and-run accidents, with almost half of the hit-and-run fatalities involving pedestrians, and another 12 percent involving cyclists.

Greater penalties for leaving the scene of an accident were put into place in 2014. Leaving the scene of an accident is now a first-degree felony if someone died, and a third-degree felony if someone in the accident was injured.

What to do if you’re in an Accident

  • Immediately stop the vehicle if it is safe to do so.
  • Remain at the scene but do not block traffic.
  • Call the police for help.
  • If you are able, help anyone who may be injured.
  • Gather the identifying information of anyone involved in the accident, including passengers and witnesses.
  • Remain calm and notify your insurance company as soon as you are able to do so.

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