Police Searching For Hit and Run Driver In Daytona Beach
A recent hit and run accident in Daytona Beach left two pedestrians involved suffering serious personal injuries. While they struggle to recover, police are focused on apprehending the at-fault driver involved. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are common across Florida and can happen for a variety of reasons. It is important to know the risks and the ways you can protect yourself.
Pedestrians Injured By Hit and Run Driver
Hit and run accidents can impact motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. According to a January 20, 2021 Daytona Beach News-Journal report, a recent crash in our area left two people suffering broken legs.
The accident occurred Sunday at roughly 4:00 p.m. on Adams Street. Witnesses claim that a driver in a dark blue Ford four door vehicle was approaching Dr. Mary McLoad Boulevard when they lost control of their vehicle, striking two pedestrians on the sidewalk. The driver continued going and did not stop to offer aid to the victims, who were taken to a local hospital. Police are continuing to search for the car and driver involved.
Unfortunately, hit and run accidents are common in our area. Drivers who choose to flee accident scene often do so for the following reasons:
- They panic and hope to avoid financial responsibility.
- They were driving without insurance, a valid driver’s license, or vehicle registration.
- They were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- They were engaged in illegal activities or had concerns regarding warrants for their arrest.
Protecting Yourself Against Hit and Run Drivers
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that 25 percent of all accidents in our area involve hit and run drivers. You can help protect yourself by being alert for motorists near you who may be engaged in dangerous or erratic driving behaviors and by getting a description of the vehicle and the driver in the event a crash occurs.
Leaving the scene of a car accident is a serious crime in Florida. Penalties include fines of up to $5,000, up to five years in jail, and a three-year driver’s license suspension. The hit and run driver can also be held liable for the medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you suffer through a personal injury claim. Our Daytona Beach hit and run accident attorneys take the swift legal actions needed to protect your rights in filing a claim, including:
- Revisiting the accident scene and talking to any witnesses to get a description of the driver;
- Reviewing surveillance tapes from nearby stores or traffic signals to get a description of the vehicle;
- Soliciting tips from the general public and speaking to local mechanics, where the hit and run driver may have taken their vehicle for repairs.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
At Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A., we help you hold hit and run drivers accountable for damages you suffer. To get our team on your side, call or contact our Daytona Beach car accident attorneys online and request a consultation today.