A young woman was killed recently in a tragic West Palm Beach hit and run accident. The 21-year-old was crossing Okeechobee Boulevard near Military Trail when she was struck by a silver/gray SUV. She was immediately transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center where she died the next day from her injuries. The SUV driver did not stop, and left the scene.
Hit and run accidents are devastating and are a serious problem in South Florida. In 2010 alone, this intersection was the site of over a hundred accidents—some of them hit and run accidents. Drivers who are afraid of incarceration or who may be driving intoxicated would rather flee the scene of an accident–than face the consequences. This puts injured accident victims in serious peril, as medical care is delayed even further when the driver doesn’t stop to lend aid.
Injuries sustained by hit and run victims can vary widely depending on the particulars of the accident. Injuries can include head, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries, broken and fractured bones, cuts, scrapes, bruises, or burns. These injuries can be physically and financially debilitating.
There are several means by which a victim can recover damages to help pay medical bills and compensate for lost wages. However, Florida law can be complicated and it is strongly recommended that the help of a knowledgeable South Florida personal injury attorney be sought.
If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, first seek medical attention and collect information on any others involved in the accident and any potential witnesses. Then it is imperative that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
The knowledgeable and compassionate personal injury attorneys at the Dante Law Firm, P.A., PA will work with you to ascertain the best method to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.