Hit and run car accidents are no laughing matter, especially when they happen as often as they do in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, in 2014 there were approximately 80,000 hit and run accidents in the state of Florida. Of that total, 9,749 took place in Broward County, and an astounding 17,480 crashes happened in Miami-Dade.
Law enforcement officials on the hunt
In an effort to catch drivers who leave the scene of an accident, law enforcement officials all over the state are developing new tactics. Many officers have been working with auto body shops that may be destinations for someone who failed to report their recent accident in the area. There is also a specific traffic homicide unit tasked solely with tracking down suspects in hit and run collisions that have resulted in serious injuries or death, according to Miami-Dade Police Department Sergeant David Greenwell.
Precedent set in 2014 Aaron Cohen Act
The minimum sentence for hit and run accidents in Florida that result in death is now four years, thanks to the Aaron Cohen Act of 2014. Aaron Cohen was a bicyclist who died after being struck by a vehicle on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne in 2012. The driver of the vehicle eventually turned himself in, but ended up spending less than one year in jail for his crime. Now, drivers convicted of leaving the scene of a collision that results in a fatality will be given a minimum sentence of four years.
If you are injured in an accident, hit and run or otherwise, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney that can document the situation properly and help you take necessary action. If you find yourself the victim of an automobile accident, Graham Legal invites you to speak with one of our experienced Miami injury attorneys and let us get acquainted with your situation today.