A basic legal obligation that comes with driving a motor vehicle is to stop and render aid after an injurious accident. Still, hit-and-run collisions in Florida are all too common, leaving victims and their families in search of answers. When a hit-and-run accident takes a person's life, then the family of the victim has a right to bring a wrongful death claim against the driver who failed to stop and render aid.
Police in Fort Lauderdale have identified a hit-and-run suspect in the death of a bicyclist. On the evening of Sept. 7, the man on the bicycle had set out from his mother's home to visit a friend when a vehicle approached from behind. Police say the driver's car struck the bicyclist and knocked him into a yard, but the driver kept going.
Many hit-and-run accidents are witnessed only by the at-fault driver and the victim, but in this case, a witness was able to follow the driver and call police. The driver reportedly pulled over near a park about two miles from the collision and left his car there. The vehicle was eventually located by investigators and towed away, and three days later, the driver contacted police about retrieving his car.
When the driver showed up to the police station to get his vehicle, he told police that he pulled over at the park because he had difficulty seeing through the car's broken windshield. Police arrested the man, and he was placed in the Broward County Jail.
To have a loved one taken by a hit-and-run accident can devastate a family, and those left behind to cope with the immense loss deserve compensation at least for the financial burdens caused by the death. To learn more about holding hit-and-run drivers accountable, please visit our wrongful death overview.
Source: Sun Sentinel, "Man charged in hit-and-run death of bicyclist in Fort Lauderdale," Emily Miller, Sept. 11, 2014