If you are involved in an accident in Florida and you don’t remain at the scene to examine injuries to person or property, you have committed a “hit-and-run.” Continue reading to learn more about hit-and-run accidents and what to do.
What are the Consequences of a Hit-and-Run?
Your penalties for the crime will depend upon the damage that was caused:
– Property damage is a second-degree misdemeanor with a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
– Injury to another person is a third-degree felony, which may mean 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
– Causing the death of another person is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to thirty years in prison and could result in a minimum mandatory 2 years in prison if alcohol is involved.
How to Avoid a Hit-and-Run
To avoid a hit-and-run charge in a property damage only case, Florida law requires the driver to:
– Give name, address, and registration number to the other person or persons involved and to the police if they are on the scene.
– For property damaged but unattended in a crash, the driver could find the owner or attach their information to the unattended property.
What Happens After a Hit-and-Run Charge?
If you are charged with leaving the scene of an accident in Florida, the state must show that:
– You were the driver in the accident that caused death, injury, or property damage.
– You knew or you should have known that injury, death, or property damage resulted from the accident.
– You did not stop at the accident scene and did not stay at the scene until the proper people or authorities were notified.