If you are involved in a car accident, it is imperative to stop and wait for police to arrive. This is particularly true if there are injuries. Unfortunately, some people get so scared that they leave the scene of the accident.
In October, a woman was accused of fleeing an accident scene that killed two people and injured another. According to state troopers, she turned herself into police to face felony charges. The 23-year-old Tampa woman has been charged with driving without a valid license as well as leaving the scene of an accident.
While traveling north on Dale Mabry Highway, she wrecked into the back of a moped. As a result, the driver of the moped, as well as two passengers, were knocked to the pavement. According to police, one passenger was run over by a passing vehicle after falling to the ground. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries, where the second passenger died. Following the accident the woman drove home; however, police were able to track her down.
To go along with criminal charges, the woman has been cited for failure to render aid, no proof of insurance and careless driving.
This accident was made worse by the fact that the woman did not stop her vehicle to help the injured parties and wait for police to arrive.
Anyone who is injured in a car accident has the right to pursue compensation through a civil court. That compensation may include claims for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. Understanding your legal rights as an injured is the first step in seeking such compensation.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Tampa woman arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed two" Dan Sullivan, Jan. 27, 2014