Scooter Accident Leaves Man In Critical Condition
The victim of a Miami Beach scooter accident may have a pair of health care professionals to thank for saving his life. The pair noticed the man after he was dragged down the road after being struck by a car during a hit and run accident while riding his scooter. They saw that he was bleeding, in bad condition, and came to his assistance, getting him stabilized and conscious. Without the efforts of these Good Samaritans, the victim’s condition would likely be much worse.
A Driver’s Post-Accident Responsibilities
Everyone using our roadways in Florida should expect to be able to do so safely and, if an accident does occur, it is imperative that victims are given the assistance they need to ensure the greatest chance for their survival and well being. Florida Code Section 316.027 sets forth the legal requirements imposed upon drivers who are involved in auto accidents involving injury, serious bodily injury, or death of a person that occur on either public or private property; in general, the obligation is two-fold: First, the driver is obligated to stop and make sure that anyone who requires medical assistance gets the attention they need and, second, they are also required to provide their contact and vehicle information to those involved in the accident or to law enforcement as required. When a driver fails to fulfill these obligations, and instead chooses to leave the scene of the accident without providing the necessary assistance and/or information, they can be found guilty of having committed a felony in the first, second, or third degree, depending upon the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim:
- In the case of injury to a victim other than serious bodily injury, the hit and run driver has committed a felony in the third degree
- In the case of serious bodily injury to a victim, the hit and run driver has committed a felony in the second degree
- In the event of the death of a victim, the hit and run driver has committed a felony in the first degree
Vulnerable Road Users Deserve More Protection
Those using the roadways who are the most vulnerable include those who are doing so without the protection of a car body surrounding them – such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, and scooter riders such as the victim in this Miami Beach accident. When the victim of a hit and run accident is a vulnerable road user, the felony is automatically raised by one degree.
Reach Out to Us for Professional Help
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. The office of Boone & Davis in Fort Lauderdale can help you get the recovery you deserve. Our auto accident attorneys have decades of experience helping accident victims just like you get the results they need. From the time you meet with our legal professionals, you will know you made the right choice and have the best representation available. We will work with you to help you understand the legal process every step of the way. Contact us online or call us today at 954.556.5260 to schedule your free consultation and get started on the road to recovery.