Drivers typically will flee the scene out of fear.
Florida (PRWEB) March 22, 2013
Florida Highway Patrol reports that there have been 520 hit and run car accidents in Palm Beach County since the beginning of 2013 – the latest statistics in a rising trend. West Palm Beach car accident lawyer Gary Iscoe says that the trend raises legal issues as well as general safety concerns.
Statewide, the number of hit and runs has grown steadily since 2011, with 70,000 total last year. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime, and becomes a felony if the accident involves a death. Iscoe says this is in addition to the liability issues involved in any car accident.
“Drivers typically will flee the scene out of fear,” he said. “They're worried that if they stay they will be arrested, face jail time, or be sued. They don't realize that by fleeing the scene they end up making the legal repercussions even more severe for themselves.”
Attorney Gary Iscoe says the most serious legal issue is what happens when a hit and run driver can't be tracked down, and doesn't face the consequences at all.
“Often, police can find the driver based on license plate or vehicle description. It's pretty risky to run,” he said. “But when a driver does successfully flee the scene, it leaves victims in a precarious legal situation. Normally, the person who caused the accident would be legally responsible for medical costs and lost work. If that person can't be found, the victim is on their own.”
That means that drivers need to keep their wits about them in an accident, Iscoe says.
“If you do get in an accident, try to notice details about the other car. At least the type and color, and if you can spot its license plate, write it down. It's not a matter of being over cautious – it's about keeping yourself protected.”
About Gary Iscoe:
Gary T. Iscoe is a co-founder of Steinger, Iscoe and Greene law firm along with West Palm Beach car accident lawyer Michael Steinger. With 20 years of experience handling accidents and injuries, Iscoe is a veteran advocate for victims' rights. He started his legal career working for insurance companies and quickly decided he’d rather stand up for the victims. He can be contacted at:
Steinger, Iscoe and Greene
2333 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Coral Gables, Florida 33134