With Halloween behind us, thoughts are turning to the upcoming holiday season - which often includes travel for family vacations or visits with loved ones.
- The driver is always required to stop either at the scene of the accident or, if that is not safe, as close as safely possible.
- If the accident results in bodily or property damage each driver is required to provide the other drivers with their name, address, and the registration number of their vehicle. They must also provide their license to the other drivers if asked. Additionally, if someone was injured in the crash the others involved must provide him or her with reasonable assistance in traveling to medical assistance.
- In the event that there is no other driver available to give the above-mentioned information to, then this information must be given to the nearest police officer.
- Anyone involved in an accident with property where the owner is not present, they must leave a note, securely and in plain sight with the driver's contact information. The driver must also notify the nearest police officer or law enforcement agency of the crash.
What are the possible penalties of a hit and run conviction?
While the United States Supreme Court has ruled that DUI checkpoints, also known as sobriety checks, are legal eleven state Supreme Courts have ruled that DUI checkpoints are a violation of the drivers Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted searches. Florida is not one of those eleven states and DUI checkpoints are legal.
If an accident occurs rarely is it ever easy to point a finger and say that one party was 100% at fault for the accident, usually both parties are at fault to different extents. In 1973 Florida adopted a comparative negligence statue that allowed parties to be held partially liable.
Odds are that you or someone close to you has been involved in a car accident, whether a minor fender bender or a devastating accident. Regardless of how big or small the accident was, it took a physical toll, an emotional toll and a financial toll. Here are seven steps on what to do instantly after you have been involved in a car accident from the Platt Hopwood Law Firm:
As the passenger in an auto accident you have multiple options as to where you file your claim; depending on the circumstances of the accident you may file your claim with your own insurance, the insurance company of the vehicle you were occupying or the insurance company of any other vehicle at-fault in the accident. As a passenger you are not at fault in a car accident and may collect insurance even if the driver of the vehicle you were occupying was at-fault.