Stolen Car Causes One Fatality in Boca Raton Vehicle Accident
According to reports, a stolen Mustang driven by a 15-year old boy killed a woman driving a Honda Pilot in a Boca Raton vehicle accident. Two men used a gun to rob a valet at the Addison Event Center. Police spotted the 2016 Ford Mustang and attempted to stop the vehicle. The 15-year old driver sped away crashing into the Honda Pilot. A 20-year old man who was riding in the Mustang was also arrested at the accident scene.
Florida Hit-and-Run Laws
Florida vehicle laws include severe penalties for hit-and-run drivers. If you leave the scene of an accident involving a fatality, you can be charged with a Florida first-degree felony. If convicted of a hit-and run accident charge, you could face up to 30 years in prison. If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the hit-and-run accident, you will serve a mandatory prison sentence of two years.
Who Pays Damages in a Hit and Run Boca Raton Vehicle Accident?
The driver of the Mustang was arrested; however, if he had been able to leave the Boca Raton vehicle accident scene, would the driver of the other vehicle be stuck paying the costs for the accident?
Hit-and-run accidents are a problem in Florida and throughout the United States. According to an analysis of NHTSA data, the number of hit-and-run fatalities has been increasing since 2009. Drivers may leave the scene of an accident before law enforcement officers can arrive if they are breaking the law, do not have insurance, are driving without a license, or otherwise do not want to be charged with causing a Boca Raton vehicle accident.
Unfortunately, a hit-and-run crash can result in traumatic injuries for the victims of the hit-and-run. In addition to the physical and emotional damages caused by a hit-and-run driver, the victim suffers substantial financial damages including but not limited to:
- Property Damage
- Lost Wages
- Medical Bills
- Travel Expenses
- Personal Care
- Ongoing Medical Treatments
- Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
- Other Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Without an at-fault driver to sue, how can the victim of a hit-and-run receive compensation for these economic and non-economic damages?
Even though there is not an insurance company to file a claim with for the at-fault driver because it is a hit-and-run accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation from your insurance company under Florida’s uninsured motorist laws. However, do not assume that you will be treated fairly just because you are dealing with your own insurance company.
Your insurance company is like all others — it will seek to pay the least amount possible for your hit-and-run claim. The South Florida personal injury attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm can help you receive a fair and just settlement under your uninsured motorist coverage.
Have You Been Injured in a Boca Raton Vehicle Accident?
The personal injury lawyers of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. want to help you as you recover from the injuries sustained in a Boca Raton vehicle accident. Let us deal with the insurance companies and other parties as you focus on what is truly important — your recover and your family.