Recovering Compensation After a Florida Hit-and-Run Accident

While the thought of fleeing the scene of an accident is completely foreign to most motorists, the fact remains that there are over 33,000 hit-and-run accidents across the country each year. In many Florida hit-and-run accidents, an accident victim’s injuries are worsened by the fact that they were not able to receive the medical treatment they need in a timely manner. The result is that many hit-and-run accident victims suffer serious injuries. After someone has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, they may be entitled to monetary compensation from a variety of sources. If police are able to locate the hit-and-run driver, the accident victim can pursue a Florida car accident lawsuit against the responsible driver. However, in some cases, the at-fault driver eludes authorities. When police are unable to locate a hit-and-run driver, the accident victim may still be able to re...

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Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested Two Years After Fatal Accident

Earlier this month, Florida authorities arrested a man suspected of causing a fatal accident in Broward County back in April 2016. According to a local news report, the accident occurred in the evening hours, when the victims’ vehicle was stopped at a red light at East Oakland Park Boulevard and North Federal Highway. Evidently, a driver came from behind the victims’ vehicle when it was stopped at the red light. The driver failed to stop in time and slammed into the rear of the vehicle, which was then pushed into several other nearby cars. Both the driver and the passenger in the stopped vehicle were pronounced dead shortly after the accident. The at-fault driver exited his car and ran to a nearby business, where h...

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South Florida Hit-and-Run Accidents

When a driver is involved in a South Florida car accident, they are required by law to remain at the scene of the accident and exchange their driver’s license and insurance information with the other drivers involved. In accidents in which another person was seriously injured, a motorist may also have a duty to call 911 to ensure that the injured party receives timely medical treatment. A Florida hit-and-run accident results when a driver fails to remain on the scene and fulfill these duties. By some estimates, hit-and-run accidents account for nearly 25% of all Florida car accidents. Through public awareness campaigns and the implementation of a strict set of criminal punishments for hit-and-run drivers, Florida lawmakers have made significant steps to curb hit-and-run accidents. However, the fact remains that instances of hit-and-run accidents still are high. Victims of hit-an...

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Attorneys at Cecere Santana Share Driving Tips for Teens to Prevent Fatal Accidents

According to an October 12, 2016 CBS News article, the number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes is rising for the first time in nearly a decade. In 2015, there was a 10-percent increase in teen driving deaths. “In fact, teenage drivers are more than one-and-a-half times more likely than adults to be involved in a deadly crash,” said personal injury attorney Erick Santana, a founding partner at Cecere Santana. To help prevent fatal accidents involving teens, Santana and Cecere Santana co-founder Michael Cecere share the following three tips: No. 1: Always wear your seat belt. “Of the teens who died in passenger vehicle crashes, approximately 55% were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash,” said Cecere. “Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half.” No. 2: Practice driving with yo...

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South Florida Hit-and-Run Accidents

Whenever drivers are involved in an accident – regardless of whether anyone is seriously injured – the law requires that everyone involved stop and exchange information with the other motorists involved. Of course, motorists also have a duty to try and get help for anyone who is injured in an accident. This duty extends even to those motorists who were not at fault for the initial collision. When a driver fails to stop and render assistance to an injured motorist, it is called a hit-and-run accident. Anyone injured in a hit-and-run accident can file a lawsuit against the hit-and-run driver, seeking compensation for the injuries they sustained from the other driver’s failure to help them. This compensation can help accident victims recover the costs associated with being in a serious accident, such as past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering the accid...

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Florida Hit-and-Run Accidents and the Doctrine of Negligence Per Se

While most people cannot fathom fleeing the scene of a serious or fatal accident, the fact remains that each year there are hundreds of fatal hit-and-run accidents across the United States. Here in Florida, as well as in other states, fleeing the scene of an accident without exchanging information with the other drivers and arranging for medical transport for the injured victims is against the law. A hit-and-run accident may give rise to criminal liability. But it can also result in civil liability, typically through a negligence case brought by the injured victim or their family. In a negligence case, the fact that fleeing the scene of an accident is specifically prohibited by statute may make it easier for the injured party to recover damages. This is due to the legal doctrine of negligence per se. The Doctrine of Negligence Per Se Neg...

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Teen Killed in Fort Lauderdale Hit-and Run

Earlier last month in Fort Lauderdale, a 15-year-old girl was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver. According to one local news source covering the story, the fatal accident took place at the intersection of Northwest 15th Avenue and and 11th Street, and it occurred at around 8:45 in the evening. Evidently, the young girl had left her home and was running to the store when she was struck. Witnesses told police that they recall seeing a grey or silver Chevy Camaro speeding through the neighborhood shortly before the accident. One man called Crime Stoppers after he witnessed the accident, telling police that the Camaro hit the girl, didn’t once come to a stop, and just kept on driving. Emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene, but by the ...

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Pedestrian Stuck and Killed By Cab in Miami Hit-and-Run Accident

Earlier last month, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Yellow Cab in Miami. According to one local news report, the fatal accident occurred early in the morning at around one in the morning near the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Fourth Street. After the accident, the cab driver allegedly responsible for the crash fled the scene. The man who was struck was found dead a few hours later. Surveillance video captured from a nearby camera shows the Yellow Cab striking the pedestrian, who seems to have been jaywalking at the time. There was also a witness who claims to have seen the driver proceed through a green light, strike the pedestrian, and then keep on traveling northbound on Biscayne Boulevard. Evidently, luggag...

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Police Interview “Person of Interest” in Last Month’s Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident in Dania Beach

The Dania Beach community that has been recovering from the death of one of their own residents at the hands of a hit-and-run driver may soon obtain some relief as authorities are one step closer to finding the perpetrator and holding them responsible. Police caught a break in the case after recovering a crucial piece of evidence from the crash and making contact with a suspected driver of the maroon Ford F-150 that was allegedly involved in the crash. According to a CBS Miami report and the Broward County sheriff's office, the victim of the hit-and-run was a 57-year-old Dania Beach resident who was hit by the truck on March 26 at approximately 7:25 p.m as he was walking home to a trailer park near Griffin Road at 26th Avenue after having dinne...

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Miami Teen Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident, Driver Still Eluding Police

Earlier last month, a Miami-area teen was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking along NW 13th Avenue. According to a recent report by the local Miami CBS affiliate, the driver has still not been located although several weeks have passed since the tragic accident. Evidently, the girl’s boyfriend was walking her home along NW 13th Avenue when the driver of a 2008 green Toyota Corolla struck the teen as she crossed NW 54th Street. The girl’s boyfriend watched in horror as his girlfriend was struck by the vehicle. The driver continued in the direction he was going when he hit the girl. The teen was taken to the hospital with several broken bones and severe head trauma. She was unable to breath on her own and died af...

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