The Tampa Bay Times recently reported a story about a hit and run accident near St. Petersburg. In short, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy signaled for a man to pull over his vehicle. Instead of pulling over, the man ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. After the cars came to a halt, the man exited the vehicle and fled the scene dressed only in what was described as “multicolored” shorts.
Fortunately, the victims of this driver’s recklessness were not seriously injured. If they did happen to suffer serious or catastrophic injuries, these unprepared citizens would have been bombarded with the legal issues that arise from such situations. They would have had to deal with Florida’s No Fault Insurance System and P.I.P. coverage, not to mention insurance companies looking to save as much money as possible for themselves.
As for the man who fled the scene, if found guilty of a hit and run, he is now subject to a minimum mandatory sentence of four years behind bars due to a new bill passed by Florida legislators. The driver will also lose his license for three years and be required to take a driver’s education class before having his license reinstated. Before this law was passed, if the man happened to be driving under the influence at the time of the accident, and fled the scene to only turn himself in once he was sober, he would not have received as stern a penalty as if he was caught driving under the influence. This new bill aims to punish the hit and run perpetrator as much as, if not more than, driving under the influence.
These issues are the reason why one must seek the legal assistance of an attorney in the event of an automobile accident. Clearwater and the surrounding areas, such as St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, and New Port Richey all have very busy roads and intersections. You can be on your way to the grocery store when tragedy strikes and you’re a struck by a man running from the police. Most of our clients are minding their own business carrying on daily living when the unexpected happens.
If you find yourselves in this type of situation, make sure to contact one the automobile accident attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. They will help you navigate the proper channels and ensure that you are reimbursed by the insurance companies for the damages suffered in an automobile accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs. Rest assured that we will fight for your rights and protect your interests if you are the unfortunate victim of a hit and run accident. Our diligent team of licensed Florida attorneys is ready to jump into action along with our full time accident investigator. There are steps that must be taken immediately following the accident to preserve evidence and gather witness statements. Choose Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to represent you.
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