SWFL Hit-and-Run Accidents Still a ProblemApril 21, 2021 | Category: Automobile Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents | Share
Hit-and-run accidents are becoming an epidemic in Southwest Florida. WINK News reported on two hit-and-run accidents within four days in March 2021.
March 10 – The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a deadly hit-and-run crash tragically killed a 29-year-old Lehigh Acres motorcyclist. The accident happened around 7:50 p.m. The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike when an unknown vehicle hit him.
March 14 – A driver hit a pair of bicyclists in Alva, tragically killing one before leaving the scene of the accident. The Florida Highway Patrol reported the crash happened at 8:30 a.m. on North River Road. The cyclists were traveling in a group when they were hit from behind. A 64-year-old woman was tragically killed. A 49-year-old Bonita Springs woman was taken to Lee Heath with serious injuries.
“Drivers have a legal and moral duty to remain at the scene of an accident in which they are involved. Lives may be saved, and injuries may be lessened if drivers act responsibly after an accident. Leaving the scene without stopping and immediately reporting an accident to authorities is illegal,” said Fort Myers Accident Attorney Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
There were more than 105,000 hit-and-run crashes in Florida in 2019. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that most deadly hit-and-run accidents happen at night or when it’s darker outside.
FHP Director Colonel Gene Spaulding said, “Leaving the scene of a traffic crash is a crime. It is your responsibility to remain at the scene and immediately report the accident to law enforcement. You should do your best to provide immediate assistance to other motorists, passengers, or pedestrians that may have been injured in the crash and wait for emergency first responders to arrive."
We provide some suggestions on what drivers need to do if they are injured in an accident in our blog "What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident." We also suggest for everyone to have copies of our Florida Accident Form in their glove compartments. This form and other important information may be found at Spivey Law Firm’s Frequently Asked Questions.
“If you or a loved one is injured in an accident because of the negligence of another, please contact our experienced legal team after seeking medical attention. We represent people involved in numerous 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. There are no costs of attorney fees until we receive a monetary recovery for you, and we are always available – 24/7,” said Fort Myers Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Accident Attorney 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 239.793.7748.