Florida has the unhappy distinction of being among the states with the highest reported rate of hit-and-run car accidents. In 2012, almost 23,000 hit-and-run accidents were reported in Miami, Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County. Six people were killed in the tri-county area of South Florida this December, according to the Sun Sentinel.
You can do your part to avoid one of these unfortunate collisions by taking these steps:
- Drive defensively. This means keeping your eye and mind on the road and off of your mobile devices, and keeping your distance from other vehicles to give yourself plenty of time to react to hazards in the road or other drivers.
- Stay aware as a pedestrian. Almost two-fifths of fatal hit-and-run crashes involve pedestrians. Make sure that you cross only at intersections and don't take any unnecessary risks. Wait until your path is clear. You will never win against a car.
- Avoid driving on busy holidays. Many hit-and-runs involve intoxicated drivers. They would rather get the lesser penalties for fleeing the scene than the stiffer penalties for a DUI. If you can avoid being out on nights when everyone has been partying, such as the Super Bowl, then you reduce your risks of being in an accident.
- Make sure you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage will not prevent you from getting in an accident, but it will help cover your costs if you are injured or your car is damaged by a hit-and-run driver.
At Romano Law Group, our attorneys are committed to seeking the justice that auto accident victims deserve. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident, please call us today at 561-533-6700 for your free consultation.