Does it seem that every time you flip to a news station in Florida you hear a report of a hit-and-run accident? As it turns out, there’s a good chance that’s actually the case. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the state saw a dramatic increase in hit-and-run accidents in 2015. With over 92,000 hit-and-run crashes last year, Florida drivers are becoming increasingly at-risk for being a victim of a hit-and-run.
FHP reported that there were 92,623 hit-and-run accidents reported in 2015, a significant jump from the 85,155 reported in 2014. To put this number into perspective, that means Floridians were involved in approximately 254 hit and runs on average every day last year. FHP also reported that 19,000 of these accidents resulted in injuries, 1,200 of which were deemed serious bodily injuries. The most disturbing statistic is that 186 people lost their lives as a result of these accidents in 2015.
Addressing the Issue
In a press conference held on Monday, February 15, FHP kicked off its “Hit and Run – Bad to Worse” campaign that aims to bring awareness to the spike in these types of accidents. By way of this effort, FHP also seeks to urge drivers to do the right thing, and never leave the scene of a crash. The campaign has had help from local families who have suffered the tragic consequences of hit-and-run accidents. While officials state that more people are coming forward to report these crashes, many still go unsolved. In an effort to increase tips and decrease offenders, the campaign brings attention to the statistics, the victims and the penalties, the worst of which is a first-degree felony.
You have control over whether or not you’re the perpetrator of a hit-and-run accident; unfortunately, the same isn’t true for whether or not you’re involved in one. If you or a loved one have been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you deserve justice. Contact a Miami personal injury attorney today to learn about your options.