According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), nearly 25 percent of all crashes involve a hit-and-run. Data shows there were over 507,000 hit-and-run incidents in Florida between 2015 and 2019, with over 1,000 resulting in fatalities.
Fort Myers personal injury lawyers remind drivers that if they are in an accident, they are required by Florida Statute 316.027 to stay at the scene. “Regardless of who is at fault, staying at the scene could save a life and prevent injuries from becoming worse,” says Randall Spivey, Fort Myers personal injury attorney at Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
On July 1, 2014, the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act was signed into Florida law. Aaron Cohen was a 31-year-old avid cyclist and father of two who was fatally struck by an alcohol-impaired driver who fled the scene in February 2012. The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act imposes a mandatory minimum of 4 years for a driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death. Previous to the enactment of this act, a hit-and-run driver could be sentenced to 2 years in prison, a lesser sentence than what a motorist would serve if he/she had been sentenced on a DUI manslaughter charge.
“Should you or a loved one be injured in an accident, please remember, we are available 24/7 to assist you. There are no costs or attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you. We have obtained numerous settlements and verdicts for our clients totaling more than $169 million. We represent people involved in many types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation,” said Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.77