Biker Breaks A Hip
A woman riding her bicycle in Dania Beach has suffered a broken hip as a result of a hit and run accident. The cyclist, who was struck by a car on Fifth Avenue, did not feel pain when she first fell off her bike; she got right back on and kept riding. However, a short time later she started to experience extreme pain and collapsed on the sidewalk after feeling her right hip socket pop. Someone passing by saw her after she collapsed and called for help; the woman was transported to a local hospital for her injury. The victim’s husband reported that she had broken her hip and authorities are now seeking the hit and run driver.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Florida law requires those involved in auto accidents to stay at the scene of the accident. Failing to stay at the scene of an accident in Florida can be a criminal act, depending upon the circumstances; in fact, drivers who are involved in an accident in which someone is injured – but not seriously injured – and who leave the accident scene can be charged with a third-degree felony. Those drivers involved in more serious accidents in which victims suffer serious injury or death and who do not stay at the scene can be charged with second- or first-degree felonies, respectively.
So you have made the right choice, and you have stayed at the scene of the accident – now what do you do? The first thing that should be done is to check on everyone involved in the accident – whether fellow drivers, passengers, or other road users such as bicyclists or pedestrians. If anyone is hurt, do what you can to provide help and call for assistance. It is very important, however, to not move anyone who is injured, as improperly moving them can make their injuries worse. Law enforcement also needs to be contacted so that police can do their job – collecting evidence, taking statements, and filing reports. Information regarding the people and vehicles involved as well as contact information should be exchanged and witnesses, if any, should be identified. Lastly, contact your and the other drivers’ insurance companies as necessary to begin the process of reporting and incident and opening a claim.
Boone & Davis – Your Auto Accident Attorneys In The Fort Lauderdale Area
If you have been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you to know the rights and responsibilities under Florida law that apply to your specific case and it is important to obtain competent legal advice as soon as possible after an accident to begin your case correctly. The Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorneys at Boone & Davis are here to help you get the best possible results for your case. Contact Boone & Davis by calling 954.556.5260 or visiting online and schedule a time to meet with us today.