Driving a car implies being exposed to an accident. Accidents can occur due to their own recklessness or that of any other driver, so no one is 100% exempt from being involved in a similar circumstance. When having an accident of this type, the citizen must behave in the most responsible way possible since drivers can often be injured or there may be irreparable damage to third parties.
What Happens If I Leave And I Do Not Take Responsibility For My Accident?
The punishment for committing this crime is different in each state, but in most of them, you can face serious criminal problems if you do not take responsibility for it.
The penalties for criminal hit and run in Florida are: Property damage only – Second-degree misdemeanor – Up to 60 days jail and a $500 fine. Injury – Third-degree felony – Up to five years and a $5,000 fine. Serious Injury – Second-degree felony – Up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The punishment may vary depending on the event, many factors may interfere, such as:
- If there were any injuries.
- If there was any death.
- If the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
- If the driver was under the influence of any drug.
- If the driver didn’t have a driver’s license.
- If the driver left and didn’t take responsibility for his or her act.
As we can see, a crime like this can condemn you to punishments that nobody would want to obtain. So…
What Should I Do Immediately After An Accident?
- Check all drivers and passengers. Provide basic first aid and/or call for emergency medical help if necessary.
- Call the police. An official police record will help ensure evidence is preserved and all proper procedures are followed.
- Exchange information, such as driver’s licenses, proof of insurance, registration number, and contact information.
- Identify and speak with witnesses who can verify the facts of the incident at the accident scene.
- Contact your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company (if applicable).
If you were accused of committing a hit-and-run accident you should have it handled by an attorney who has the experience and knowledge to protect your rights and your freedom. Criminal defense lawyer Russell A. Spatz of the Spatz Law Firm, PL, in Miami, Florida, has decades of experience handling serious criminal cases.
To meet with lawyer Russell Spatz to discuss your criminal matter, please call the Spatz Law Firm, PL, at 305-442-0200. You may also contact the firm online.